It was a poor overall performance from Rangers against Kilmarnock, even though we should have won the game. In terms of a man of the match, there was only a few candidates, and one shone through.

If the game had finished 1-0, both Wes Foderingham and Ross McCrorie could have argued they were the best players on the night. The former made a couple of great saves in the second half and had no chance with the equalising goal. He looked confident and assured all night in a game where most of the team were very nervous. McCrorie defended excellently, never looking like he’d be beaten one v one even when he had to run on the turn. His development will have been helped by a game like this massively, as the disappointment at the result will be a motivating factor in games to come.

The man of the match however, as decided at the game as well, was Jason Holt. Not only did he score a nice goal, he offered a lot of energy and desire throughout. He was involved in a lot of our forward play, available for the ball all the time, and once Dorrans went off he was clearly the most confident player we had. With Jack’s red card and a possible injury for Dorrans, Holt will be vital to any chance we have in upcoming games of getting a result.

Holt hasn’t been involved too often this season. In his performances so far, he’s certainly justifying the decision to keep him in the squad. Most fans wouldn’t have been too bothered had he left, but I suspect he’ll have a lot of hoped pinned on to him now. Given his love for the club, it’s good to see his attitude has kept him going.

It’s somewhat interesting that the three players who looked best in the game were three who didn’t start the semi-final a few days beforehand. The team was clearly devoid of confidence and energy, and probably more mentally tired than physically. That told in the last 20 minutes of the match as they never scored that second goal. Even Herrera when he came on looked fresher and more involved than most. There’s issues with injuries, player fallouts and poor form, and our small squad is stretched due to that.

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