By Alex Stevens
Barrie McKay has admitted that the Rangers players had no idea of the team’s tactics in the second half of their Scottish Premiership draw against Motherwell on Saturday.
Manager Pedro Caixinha was forced to make three half-time changes due to combination of injury and illness.
The defensive trio of skipper Lee Wallace (stomach), Clint Hill (hamstring) and Lee Hodson (fever) were withdrawn at the break and replace by midfield pair Andy Halliday and Michael O’Halloran, and forward Joe Garner.
New manager Caixinha, in just his second game at the helm, rejigged the formation by switching to a three-man defence, that included Jon Toral and Halliday dropping back from midfield to line up alongside Rob Kiernan at the back, and McKay and O’Halloran pressed into unfamiliar wing-back roles.
Scotland attacking midfielder McKay, 22, made the startling admission that the players were clueless about the manager’s tactics at the start of the second half.
“We didn’t really know what formation we were playing, we’d [started with] two central midfielders playing centre-half so it was obviously a change,” said McKay, as quoted by the Sky Sports website.
“I don’t think I’ve been involved in a situation where we made three changes at the break.
“As footballers you have to be ready for these things and you just need to get on with it.”
Garner grabbed the 61st-minute equaliser which earned a 1-1 draw at Ibrox, but Rangers had a fine performance from Wes Foderingham in goal to thank for a share of the spoils.
Caixinha’s side lost ground in the race to finish second over the weekend, as Celtic secured a sixth consecutive Scottish Premiership title with a 5-0 demolition of Hearts.
Aberdeen demolished Dundee 7-0 on Friday night and are now 10 points ahead of third-placed Rangers.