COMMENT By Will Butcher
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Rangers’ 2-0 loss to Celtic in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup at Hampden Park on Sunday.
Caixinha made wrong decision over duo
Myles Beerman and David Bates showed their inexperience against Celtic, as the step up in opposition showed holes in their game. Patrick Roberts endured near total domination over Maltese ace Beerman, with the left-back lucky not to receive his marching orders as he resorted to fouling the Manchester City loanee. Although starring in his four previous Gers appearances, the 18-year-old still has a lot to learn along with his defensive colleague Bates. The flamed-haired defender gave the ball away on multiple occasions, looking shaky when in possession. Managed Pedro Caixinha would have been better in starting Lee Hodson and Clint Hill at the back, with experience needed against a side like Celtic.
Starting three centre-forwards does not work
Kenny Miller, Martyn Waghorn and Joe Garner are all natural centre-forwards, but playing all three in a side that only includes one attacking spearhead saw both Waghorn and Miller play in attacking midfield. However, their lack of knowledge in the hole saw the likes of Jason Holt and Andy Halliday keep the ball and pass sideways instead of trying to thread the ball into the attackers, as there was no movement or space. Playing three centre-forwards also increasesd the Gers’ tendency to play too narrow, as the trio naturally went towards goal. Celtic thrive using wingers, and Caixinha must alter his system to include width.
Time for Jak Alnwick?
The former Port Vale goalkeeper is yet to make a senior appearance for the Gers since his move north from the Staffordshire-based club. He watched on from the substitutes’ bench as Wes Foderingham was left motionless when Callum McGregor passed the ball into the back of the net from 18 yards out. Replays showed that Foderingham was perhaps unsighted, but looked to be caught on his heels and Caixinha should now give Alnwick a chance with only a handful of league games still to play.
In other Rangers news, Alan Pardew has revealed what happened between him and the Gers.