Jimmy Nicholl explains decision made on Rangers midfielder in draw v Hibernian
Rangers caretaker Jimmy Nicholl has revealed he had to take midfielder Sean Goss off after only 27 minutes in the 5-5 draw with Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership as the Gers “weren’t defending properly” – and admitted that he “never thought” that the Gers would find themselves 3-0 down so quickly.
The Light Blues were shocked by an early blitz from Neil Lennon’s side before roaring into a 5-3 lead in the second-half – only for Hibs to great a 95th-minute equaliser.
Nicholl – taking charge of his last game as caretaker boss – admitted the players were well up for the game before kick-off before almost vanishing without trace in the opening spell.
“I would never have thought after 15 minutes we’d be three-down . Not the way they were before the game, but that’s what happened,” Nicholl said, as shown on the club’s official Twitter account.
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“It left us in a situation, unfortunately, where we had to take off Sean Goss. We just weren’t defending properly, there were goals flying in everywhere.”
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There won’t be many games like that in the future for the Gers as they served up an absolute classic. Despite both sides’ defending being comical for long spells, it was a great advert for Scottish football. When the Gers went 3-0 down so quickly fans must have feared the worst and suddenly saw their side heading for fourth place and missing out on European football. A remarkable comeback from Nicholl’s side stopped that from becoming a reality but there some real issues on display in the Light Blues side that Steven Gerrard will need to address when he takes charge on June 1st. Sorting out a leaky defence which has conceded more goals than any other top six side this season speaks volumes about where the Gers are – particularly when you learn the Light Blues have scored more goals than anyone in the Scottish Premiership this season.