The man of the match for Rangers against Falkirk is a pretty obvious choice. There were some noteable performances from other players, though, despite the overall performance not being quite as strong as it could be.
One player who impressed was Greg Docherty. I suspect I’ll be saying that a lot over the course of his time with Rangers. His energy, strength, passing, ability to beat players and desire to win was outstanding again. Even with less than 10 minutes to go at 4-1 up, he was cajoling teammates into giving more. He took a couple of heavy challenges, but was able to get up and get on with the match. There was one run early in the match where he beat around 3 players very easily, and was unlucky with the cross. On a day where his midfield partner was struggling a little, he shone.
Another good performer was Daniel Candeias. In the absence of Murphy, the team was less balanced in the wide areas. As such, Candeias was more of a focal point. He assisted the first and third goals, and provided a threat throughout. The team wasn’t as strong with their pressing, but Candeias showed his high level of consistency in that regard. He’s been good all season, and will be key in the big matches to come.
Man of the match, however, was obviously Jason Cummings. He scored a hattrick, and would have had four if not for the own goal. Asked to play a different role from his strongest, he done well on and off the ball. He was often found centrally as he swapped with Morelos. His first goal was a real sign of what he can offer. From a narrow angle, he’s been confident enough to hit the shot, and almost looked like he knew he it was going in before he hit it.
The second goal was the sort of finish a natural striker will offer, passing the ball into the bottom corner under pressure. Before that, his passing had created a couple of chances for others. He’s not as natural or smooth as Murphy in that area, but showed he’s an option if required.
The third goal was a tap in, but he done well to follow the ball in. He had a good strike saved in the second half, and seemed to be close to every chance Rangers created in the game.
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Cummings will prefer playing centrally, and is likely to be benched for the next match. His performance and goals here have given Murty something to consider, though.
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