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  1. First thing I`d drop would be that abysmal third choice strip.
    4 points
  2. Our form has been poor but some of the reactions are OTT. Players don't go from being great to useless that quickly. Same with tactical formations. The lack of intensity and desire is what concerns me.
    2 points
  3. The same defence were part of the team that won their EL group last season, but they're out their depth at that level? ?
    2 points
  4. We really need to break out of this lethargy we are playing just now , we need to up the tempo when we play high tempo , no one can lay a glove on us , that we are getting dragged into these brutal dig fights is mental . Given that Dundee never really threatened bar a couple of headers , we need and can do so much better , Thursday is going to be massive for us .
    2 points
  5. Just watching Joshua getting out boxed and out fought at the Spurs ground the Hearn cash cow couldn't fight sleep on this showing.
    1 point
  6. Aribo strike secures three points for far from invincible Rangers A first-half strike from Joe Aribo secured three points for Rangers and a first win at Dens Park for Steven Gerrard on Saturday, but it was yet another performance which provided strong evidence that Rangers are some way off their invincible form of last season. Rangers arrived on Tayside on the back of a disappointing home draw in the league against Motherwell last Sunday, and looking to secure three points to maintain their place at the top of the pile. Gerrard reintroduced Ianis Hagi and James Tavernier to his starting eleven. He also opted with Jon McLaughlin in goal again, and the former Sunderland man having to be lively to deal with a close-range header from Jordan McGhee in the early stages. The match saw Leigh Griffiths play against Rangers for the first time since his loan move from Celtic to Dundee. Griffiths has been targeted by away supporters since he was investigated by Police Scotland for allegedly messaging an underage girl on social media. Police found no evidence of criminality, but Griffiths has faced a stream of abuse from opposing supporters since, culminating in him reacting mid-week to barracking from St Johnstone supporters by kicking a flare into the away support. He has since been charged by Police Scotland for culpable and reckless behaviour, and his fortunes didn’t improve any here. Firstly he missed a great chance he should have scored, hitting the ball weakly at the Rangers goal, then he was substituted on the 39th minute – much to the joy of the travelling support. The goal was a one a few bright moments from Rangers. James Tavernier played a nice ball into Alfredo Morelos, who dinked a lovely reverse pass into the path of Joe Aribo who took a touch to set himself before placing it past Adam Legzdins in the Dundee goal. Kemar Roofe then came close with a shot at goal after some nice work had taken him past Liam Fontaine, but overall Rangers lacked any real attacking threat despite enjoying the majority of possession. John Lundstram has enjoyed an indifferent start to his career at Rangers, but this was yet another improved performance by the former Sheffield United man. He came close to doubling Rangers lead early in the second-half, with a curling effort from the corner of the box forcing Legzdins into a fine save, but more importantly the under-fire midfielder drew much praise from his manager. “He was the best player on the pitch by a mile,” said Gerrard After the game. “I’ve been almost smiling in disbelief, really, at some of the reaction on the outside.” ‘John’s a fantastic player. He’s showed his quality in the last three games. Ok, he’s been finding his feet and it does take time to get up to speed and work out how people play, but he was an absolute powerhouse today. “He was Man of the Match and the best player on the pitch by a mile.” Dundee were handed a lifeline back into the game when they were awarded a penalty on the 59th minute. The foul came from a long ball played by Max Anderson which Connor Goldson misjudged, allowing Paul McMullan to run in on goal to be fouled by Jon McLaughlin. Bobby Madden was left with no option but to award the spot kick, McMullan and the home support also appealed loudly for McLaughlin to see red - the double-jeopardy rule, however, meant only a yellow was forthcoming. The defending from Goldson was yet another example of some within the Rangers squad struggling to reach the heights of last season, with him and James Tavernier in particularly having an uncomfortable afternoon defensively. Former Rangers striker Jason Cummings, who had replaced Griffiths in the first-half, stepped up to take the spot kick, but hit his shot at the legs of McLaughlin – allowing the the Rangers keeper to gather the ball safely after an initial failed attempted to punch the ball clear. The incident enraged Dundee manager James McPake, who was red carded at full time for protesting over-zealously. When asked if he felt McLaughlin should have been on the pitch to face the penalty, he was blunt in his response. "In my opinion, no. I know the rule is if you make a genuine attempt, and people will disagree and say it's a genuine attempt. "But Paul McMullan is clearly by him and the leg comes out. If it's Adam Legzdins would my answer be different? Probably not.” For Rangers and Steven Gerrard focus now switches to the trip to Prague on Thursday night in Europa League. "We came here for three points. No-one will remember how we got them, and I've also managed to keep people fresh for Thursday, so a lot of positives to take away." Three points was indeed the objective for Rangers here, but improved performances are required if they want to secure a second successive title. DUNDEE: Legzdins; Ashcroft, Fontaine, Sweeney; Kerr, Anderson, Byrne, McGhee, Marshall; McMullan, Griffiths. SUBS: Jakubiak, McGowan, McCowan, Panter, Lawlor, Sheridan, Cummings. RANGERS: McLaughlin; Tavernier, Goldson, Balogun, Bassey; Lundstram, Kamara, Aribo; Roofe, Hagi, Morelos. SUBS: McGregor, Davis, Patterson, Wright, Bacuna, Fashion Jr, Barisic. REF: Bobby Madden
    1 point
  7. It is important not to take their failure as our success, but thwir demise is great to watch. Allys take a kick now speech rings in my ears with every setback they face!
    1 point
  8. we need a very strong October here but we have our own issues for sure.
    1 point
  9. its great having a snigger at that mob in 6th! Bring on the Angeball football! Get our act together next month and we could put them out of sight!
    1 point
  10. Decent point for them today, keeping them just in touch of a top 6 place.
    1 point
  11. More of a dive than a stonewall penalty, in my opinion. The contraction 'should've' really confuses people.
    1 point
  12. So no mention of being top of the league, some thing we didn't achieve until beating Celtic at Parkhead last season (If I remember correctly). Again, no recognition of the major disruption to pre-season (players coming back late from international duties) or the impact of Covid and injuries? In the league cup it was Livingston and Dunfermline we have beaten thus far, and the old adage is, you can only beat what's in front of you. We are miles away from CL quality, no shame in admitting that. However coming from the brink of oblivion to EL quarter final in a decade is some achievement. Malmo was a dissapoitmemt no doubt, but Lyon are way above our standard, out of our league both quality wise and financially. I've been lucky that I've seen many Rangers teams winning league titles, none and I repeat none played outstanding football every game. I remember the panttwetting on here when we dropped points at Hamilton, Motherwell, Livi, Hibs et-al last season. ALL succesfull Rangers teams Ive been lucky to have seen have struggled at certain times through the season, and most got their arses handed to them in Europe (a few notable exceptions). As for formations, tactics, players positions, I'll trust SG, Macca and their staff to sort things out. As long as we still sit atop the SPFL and the end of the season, I for one will be a happy Bear and will have forgotten about a shit game at Dens Park (or wherever our next shit game is).
    1 point
  13. We struggled to knock out a pub team from outer mongolia to get to the europa league. League cup semi final? We to beat dumbarton and Livingston to get there! Ill cut kent some flack here as hes taking the brunt of our poor form. Aribo kamara roofe and davis as well mainstays in the team get picked every week and underperform. Our manager called the team out after malmo and then continued to play the same team and failing tactics week after week and like most fans hoped it would better. As we can all see its not. Craig Moore was right. We have a team of squad fillers and a lack of quality. It was no surprise that malmo humbled us and on our current form well be lucky to win a game in the Europa league this season. Ive always thought our defence in particular was well out of its depth for CL and as the Lyon game showed theyre no better in the Europa. They may have done well in the league last season but we conceded heavily in Europe. The warning signs were there. Wherw would i start? Start playing aribo in his proper position as we dont get the best out of him in the midfield. Move hagi back into the midfield as i think much like aribo we dont get the best out of him in an an attacking position. I would also change the formation to accommodate 4 in the midfield either 4 4 2 or 4 1 4 1 formation but we all know that wont happen. I do know that hoping "things will get better "doing what we are doing wont get us anywhere. Something does need to change. That is a fact.
    1 point
  14. You think our lads were scared to have a shot at goal , big Jorg Albert would be chewing his schnitzel off watching this lot
    1 point
  15. I don't disagree, but I think you're missing a step. We play with two strikers anyway. The issue is player positioning midfield to front and through the lines.
    1 point
  16. I think this run of poor form is more than long enough to merit a change in formation now. Not that the formation is the problem, just that history shows that a change in formation can freshen things up for a team in the doldrums. I’d like to see 2 up front.
    1 point
  17. Yeah I just dont like it and the team were poor too.
    1 point
  18. My point went over your head. Perhaps he can reflect that he’s not a world class defender and what we’ve offered him is a great deal.
    1 point
  19. In three years and a bit, I don't think I have witnessed such an error strewn Gerrard Rangers team? Including pre season friendlies, we have played just over 20 games. We have notched up 14 competitive matches. The only game I have left/watched where I have felt I viewed Rangers was the Real Madrid friendly. We are all hoping, even saying it will improve. However, despite being top of the league I feel we are NOT playing. The ball goes forward and there is no venom among our forwards. We are not winning fouls on the edge of the opposition box. Today, we managed three free kicks in and around Dundee's penalty area. There is a huge gap between the midfield and the front three. Our exploitation of the opposition by our wing backs has almost become warm nostalgia. Tav' hit the bye-line once today. I could go on but, it's another three points and hopefully we improve in Prague. We must.
    1 point
  20. True. Did I ever tell you about my 9/11 experience?
    1 point
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