Rangers vs St Johnstone Match Preview

Rangers v St Johnstone
1st of March 2017
Ibrox Stadium, KO 19:45

They say that you’re only as good as your last result. They also say that, at Rangers, you are only two straight defeats from a crisis. With both these well versed sayings in mind, it’s a grim time to be a blue nose. With Friday nights defeat in the Highlands still very fresh, and somewhat raw, in the mind, the visit of St Johnstone to Ibrox on Wednesday evening is one fraught with both anticipation and trepidation in equal measure.

Without picking at the Cally bones again, all Rangers, and indeed us as fans, can do is look forward to the next match. Hoping obviously that we can turn around our fortunes, and show Scotland, and the wider audience, that we are a better outfit than what is currently being advertised. One point out of twelve though gives is a stark and cold reminder that all is indeed not well behind the closed doors at Ibrox, and to top things off, the lack of fight in the side makes it ten times worse! Add to that the glaringly obvious fact that in the after match interview, our interim manager publicly shrunk as much as his eyes grew, portraying the look of “I’m a youth coach…get me out of here!”

Regardless of the managerial situation come Wednesday (should it miraculously change), I think it’s apparent that Rangers need a fresh approach, both in formation and personnel. Gone are the days when we can go out and bring someone in. The transfer window and also the small issue of lack of cash put pay to that. So it’s as you where, with what you have. That said, there are those in the dressing room fully deserving of a starting jersey. I think we’ve tried and tested the Warburton Plan-A, and the verdict is that it’s a no-no, with players either unconvinced or unable technically to pull it off. That’s no longer an opinion, it’s just plain facts!

A large section of my fellow supporters want to see a good old fashioned 4-4-2 with fresh faces introduced. There’s an ever increasing cry for Joe Dodoo to be given a run in the side, with places for Harry Forrester, Lee Hodson, Josh Windass and Michael O’Halloran. Clint Hill will walk back into the defence when fit also, hopefully by Wednesday, but who partners him? Wilson and Kiernan have both been found out yet again, so does Senderos deserve more game time, or do we finally blood young Bates? We all have our opinions, formations, favourite players etc, but there are those now fully undeserving of a starting slot.

My personal gripe with Murty in his after match interview was his quick praise for loaned pair Toral and Hyndman, claiming they were the “best players on the pitch”. Wes Foderingham must have heard this and had a wry chuckle to himself, clearly Rangers outstanding performer on the night with 3 wonderful stops including a penalty save. What he lacks in distribution he more than makes up for in the art of shot stopping. Inverness could have been so much more painful but for the big English keeper.

Rumours are rife at my time of writing that a new Director of Football will be in place before the week’s end, hopefully with the appointment of the much lauded Ross Wilson number one on Rangers list. On Friday it was Martin Jol, so forgive me if I’ll just wait and see what happens before commenting. Manager wise, social media went into melt down when former Rangers captain and Ibrox legend Barry Ferguson quit as boss of Clyde. For me, it’s too early, but that’s just my opinion. Who knows, maybe he’d be the next Souness? In today’s game though, that ask seems a bit farfetched. My age group (35-40) seem split 50/50, whereas the younger generation are pro Barry, and the older die-hards saying “no yet”.

Football first however, and 3 points against the saints a must. Hopefully we turn out in numbers….of course we will, we always do, and the team put on a performance we can puff our chest out at. It’s been a long time coming…..