Date: 8th May 2017 at 7:51am
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COMMENT by Russell Edge

Rangers left it late to secure a 2-1 win against Partick Thistle after coming behind to score an injury time winner and secure the three points.

Barry McKay’s header right at the death was fortunate for Rangers, who had put in a lacklustre performance devoid of much quality.

Here, Football Insider analyses the three worst players from their victory:

Martyn Waghorn

Quite simply a passenger for this one, Waghorn might have had more effect had he been sitting in the stands with the fans.

The 27-year-old striker did not show the same energy or desire as his striking partners and was one of the reasons Rangers looked to bereft of attacking quality up front.

He created little, rarely offered an outlet for his team mates and was rightly hooked for defender Clint Hill just before the hour mark.

The fact that his departure was welcomed with ironic applause from the Rangers fans tells you everything you need to know about his performance.

Josh Windass

The game seemed to bypass Windass and midfield partner Jason Holt as the defence perpetually launched long balls forward over their heads.

As such, Windass was unable to get on the ball as much as he would have wanted and ended up becoming a bystander for much of the first half.

A change in tactics in the second half saw Pedro Caixinha try and see Windass utilised more, but he still failed to stamp his mark on the game.

A hard working if ineffectual performance from the 23-year-old midfielder.

David Bates

The 20-year-old came in for the experienced Clint Hill and his inexperience was immediately on show.

Unconvincing at the heart of defence alongside Danny Wilson, Bates looked lacking in confidence when balls were swung into the area; not what Caixinha will want from his centre-backs.

Was caught out all too easily for Thistle’s goal, allowing Kris Doolan acres of space to head home, and continued to look shaky at the back for the rest of the first half.

Looked much more assured when Hill joined him at the back, but this will still go down as a disappointing performance for the promising youngster.

In other Rangers news, Gordon Smith made a surprising claim about the players’ feelings towards boss Pedro Caixinha.

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