Sell 21-year-old, sign rival attacker: Three things learned about Rangers in loss to Aberdeen
By Will Butcher
Football Insider analyses three talking points in Rangers’ 2-1 loss to Aberdeen at Ibrox on Thursday night in their penultimate Scottish Premiership fixture.
It has been a frustrating performance for Joe Dodoo this season. In and out of the side, his form has proved just as inconsistent as the amount of game time he has been given by managers Mark Warburton, Graeme Murty and Pedro Caixinha. Against Aberdeen, the former Leicester attacker was non-existent. He was marshalled well by the Dons defence, but he offered absolutely nothing going forward, and lost possession on multiple occasions during the tie. With the summer transfer window approaching, Caixinha should offload Dodoo to make room in his attacking ranks.
Sign Aberdeen attacker
Niall McGinn showed just why he is rated as one of the Scottish Premiership’s best attackers, showing plenty of technical ability and attacking flair throughout the match. The 29-year-old showed Caixinha just what his side are missing with his performance, as the Gers lacked any kind of creativity in the final third. He almost scored from a free-kick that was a full 25 yards out from Wes Foderingham’s goal, only for the former Swindon Town goalkeeper to produce a top save and tip the ball over the bar. Caixinha must look to sign McGinn, or a player like him, if he is to close the gap between themselves and Old Firm rivals Celtic next term.
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Too much trust in youth
Caixinha’s decision backfired. Starting with David Bates and Aidan Wilson at centre-back, the duo’s combined age is the same as elderly defender Clint Hill’s age. The inexperienced duo struggled against Aberdeen’s confident attack, as they put the Gers to the sword throughout the match with only Foderingham standing in their way from finding the back of the net more than just the two goals. With Hill set to leave and doubts surrounding the future of Philippe Senderos and Rob Kiernan, a top-class centre-half must be brought to Glasgow in the summer.
In other Rangers news, McInnes has taken a huge swipe at the Dons ahead of Thursday night’s clash.