In the fallout from the draw against 10-man Dundee on Sunday, several players faced a lot of criticism.
Joe Worrall was at fault for Dundee’s goal, and was woeful with his distribution. Ovie Ejaria, introduced with 20 minutes to go, continually gave the ball away and was compared to ‘a giraffe on roller-skates’.
Yet, while these two players were undoubtedly poor, neither can shoulder all the blame for Rangers’ inability to break down the opposition.
Grezda struggled badly against Dundee
Given a starting berth on Sunday, Eros Grezda, failed to produce a single moment of quality throughout the match. His first touch consistently killed the momentum of attacks, allowing opponents to steal possession, or to simply let the ball run out of play.
He flashed one wild shot wide midway through the second half. Yet, other than that, he failed to get a decent sight of goal, or to provide one for a teammate.
It’s tough to imagine a better opportunity for a wide player to influence a match. He got 90 minutes against the league’s bottom side, who were reduced to 10 men in the early stages.
He was extremely fortunate not to be the victim of one of Gerrard’s three substitutions on the day. However, despite his very poor showing, he may be given another opportunity against Rapid, on Thursday.
With Kent forced off on Sunday and Daniel Candeias suspended, Grezda is likely to start on the right flank.
While Rapid may be struggling of late, they are certainly superior to Dundee. Therefore, it will take a huge improvement from Grezda, if he’s going to have any positive bearing on a crucial fixture for Rangers.