Rangers’ 1-1 draw against Dundee Utd in the Scottish Premiership tie on Sunday has given Celtic the title momentum at the moment as our away form continues to be a disappointment.
The Ibrox side has played four away league matches since coming back from the winter break, and only picked up three points from twelve, a stat which simply can’t continue if we are aiming to retain the league title.
There were numerous talking points from the match, however, three burning issues stick out from the draw.
Scottish referees are at it again
Rangers should arguably have had two penalties during the encounter, one for the clear handball from Ross Graham in the first half, and the other for a shirt pull on Fashion Sakala when he had a clear goalscoring chance.
Of course, none of these were awarded, despite the linesman and referee Bobby Madden having excellent views of the scenarios. Not to forget the challenge by Charlie Mulgrew on Scott Arfield and also Ryan Jack was extremely lucky to avoid being shown a red after a very late challenge in the dying embers of the match.
The refereeing system in this country needs to change, and fast, although I am not holding my breath.
Away form ruins Ibrox brilliance
Rangers aforementioned away form has ruined our sparkling Ibrox displays in the league, in what could be damaging come the end of the season.
We all know places such as Dingwall and Pittodrie are tough places to go and get three points, but a club such as Rangers should know it is time to roll up the sleeves and get stuck in.
It still looks like van Bronckhorst is finding his way on how to play at places like this, where in reality the matches are often going to be scrappy and be settled by the odd goal, which is perfectly fine, three points are all that matters.
The performance at Tannadice wasn’t bad, the club had plenty of chances but some resolute defending by Dundee Utd prevented us from getting all three points. The Gers need to be more clinical in front of goal in these tough away matches.
A welcome return to form for Joe Aribo
Since returning to the Ibrox side following Nigeria’s early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations, Aribo has been oddly subdued and wasn’t influencing matches as he had done pre-Christmas.
This changed against Dundee Utd as he showed his brilliance, as well as scoring the equaliser he made four key passes and completed 83% of his passes [SofaScore] in what is a welcome return to form for the midfielder.
Everyone needs to be playing at their best if glory is to be achieved this season, but Aribo has been absolutely vital this season and if he can spring into his early-season form then we have an excellent chance.