Problem area needs sorting: Three things we learned from Rangers in win v Partick Thistle
COMMENT by Russell Edge
Rangers were lucky to snatch a 2-1 win in their clash with Partick Thistle on Sunday. Here Football Insider analyses three things we learned about Gers:
Problem area needs sorting
From the first minute, Partick Thistle targeted Rangers with balls pumped into the box, and it was a fantastic tactical decision from manager Alan Archibald.
The entirety of the Gers’ defence looked unconvincing when crosses were swung in, and it led to the opening goal when Kris Doolan was able to head home in the first half.
Pedro Caixinha would have hoped for a much more confident performance after last week’s 5-1 humiliation against Celtic but he will not have been best pleased with their showing at Firhill.
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Caixinha needs a plan B
Rangers spent the game picking up the ball in defence and booting it up to the powerful Joe Garner up front.
While the 29-year-old won the majority of his headers, the Gers failed to capitalise and create anything from his flick-ons.
There was no link-up play between the midfield and the attack, and the likes of Josh Windass and Jason Holt will have been left questioning their roles in the side as the play bypassed them.
Kenny Miller looked a frustrated figure up front and the 37-year-old did not have the chances he would have liked to prove himself.
Thankfully for Caixinha and his side, substitute McKay made all the difference, inspiring Gers to a late, late win.
Summer cannot come soon enough
Caixinha inherited a side built by former boss Mark Warburton, and it is clear he still does not know his best side.
Another two changes, one enforced in the shape of the injured Emerson Hyndman, to his starting XI demonstrates he is still experimenting to judge which players have what it takes to compete next season.
However, the Portuguese manager will certainly have one eye on the summer as he looks to build a side with his own choice of players.
Rangers fans can expect a busy summer in terms of transfers, with several incomings and outcomings at Ibrox.
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