End of the road for 26-year-old: Three things we learned about Rangers from win v Motherwell
By Matt Farr
Football Insider analyses three key talking points from Rangers’ 2-0 victory over Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.
End of the road for O’Halloran
After making just one appearance in their last five league games, Rangers handed winger Michael O’Halloran a rare opportunity to impress against Motherwell. However, just five minutes into the tie, the 26-year-old was shown a straight red-card for a challenge on Carl McHugh. It was a reckless challenge, and a deserved red-card; but ultimately it could have further repercussions on his Rangers future. There has been talk in the media lately of O’Halloran leaving the club, and his display against Motherwell on Saturday – or lack of it – has done little to convince manager Mark Warburton to keep him at the club. Following his dismissal, many Rangers fans called for the winger to be axed on Twitter, and with the club having made several midfield additions this month, Warburton could do just that.
Miller deserves a new deal
Netting the all-important goal to win the tie, Kenny Miller was one of Rangers’ top performers on Saturday. The 37-year-old striker worked tirelessly for his side, looking to influence the game in all areas of the pitch. The veteran Scotland international was visibly unhappy with his side’s efforts in the first 15 minutes of the game, and was constantly yelling and shouting at his team-mates to up their game. Coupled with his goals, that’s exactly what Rangers will want to see from Miller, and it is why they should offer him a new deal. His current deal expires at the end of the season, and negotiations are yet to begin over an extension; but after today’s match-winning display, the striker has proven how useful he can be in the long-term.
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New-look midfield does the business
Rangers fans voiced their discontent prior to kick-off at Mark Warburton’s decision to start Andy Halliday, but the Rangers boss will be pleased that his midfield got the job done. Youngsters Emerson Hyndman and Jon Toral were the men chosen to partner him in the centre-of-the-park. Although Halliday was the weakest performer of the midfield trio, they held their nerve when they were reduced to 10-men, and then regained control of the game when Motherwell were also reduced to 10. Hyndman, in particular, was the star. He stole the show on his first start for the club, driving forward with purpose, distributing the ball well, and scoring the game’s second goal. Questions were asked of how Rangers were going to bounce back from their early setback, but Hyndman led from the front to ensure that the Glasgow giants maintained their push for a second-place finish in the league table.
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