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IBROX -- The Scottish Cup match against Kilmarnock was the perfect opportunity to banish those lingering doubts around Rangers' credentials against top-flight opposition. Mark Warburton had clearly learned his lessons from the loss against St Johnstone in the League Cup, setting his side out with a solid defensive shape, which restricted Killie to very few chances. Rangers dominated possession, but a lack of quality in the final third let Rangers down, as the two sides played out a 0-0 draw.
There has been a frustrating recurrence of the entrenched idea that a player is either an attacker or a defender; and, going further, that a midfielder either has to tackle robustly or play defence-splitting passes and/or score every few minutes. This belief is predicated on the superiority of the "position", when in fact to speak of a "holding midfielder" merely describes a player's position on the pitch, and not the interpretation of that role. From this, players providing a more under-the-radar role rather than the final flourish can often be overlooked. Overlooked, but nevertheless crucial to the team.
Transfer deadline day stopped being exciting for Rangers fans quite a while ago, and although the protracted pursuit of Michael O'Halloran added a little spice to things, it was hardly the equal of the last minute grab of Steven Naismith all those years ago. Even in England, January 2016's window seems to have been something of a non-event, which given the combined spent of teams there was over £100m tells us all we need to know about where the money is. Clue: not Govan.
Now the transfer window has closed until the end of the season, this is as good a time as any to examine progress at the club. Twenty-two league games played; 18 wins, two draws and just the two defeats means Rangers sit eight points clear of Hibs at the top of the Championship table (albeit Alan Stubbs' outfit have a game in hand). Importantly though, our goal difference is also far better with 64 goals scored and just 16 conceded - effectively giving us an extra point as it stands. Add in an important late winner over Falkirk on Saturday, Rangers fans will be feeling far better from the last time we played them the week before Christmas. There's no doubt 15 points from the last five league games has put us in a much stronger position and most fans are feeling confident ahead of tonight's away trip to Kirkcaldy.
It’s just before 4.30am and although I didn’t get to sleep until well after midnight, I’m already wide awake. I suspect (hope?) that considering all the criticism of you and the players for last night’s result you guys may also be having the same sleep deprivations. Thankfully there is a solution…
- 13 February 2016
- Indodrill Stadium, Alloa
- [SPFL] KO 3pm (Live on RangersTV)
Ibrox Stadium is a football stadium located on the south side of the River Clyde, on Edmiston Drive in the Ibrox district of Glasgow. It is the home ground of Scottish Premier League club Rangers and has an all-seated capacity of 51,082. Ibrox is presently the third largest football stadium in Scotland and tenth largest stadium in the United Kingdom. You can view a full gallery of stadium images below this article.
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