4th of March 2017, Scottish Cup Quarter Final
Still no manager or Director of Football in place as yet, however the latter may be in place later this afternoon if statements through the week are to be believed. That aside though we go into tomorrow’s Scottish Cup Quarter Final at Ibrox buoyed by a hard fought midweek victory against St Johnstone and with a spring in our step. Hamilton themselves have won their last two matches in the SPL and will remember an impressive opening day point on their last visit to Govan.
Hopefully interim manager Murty goes with the same starting 11 as Wednesday, apart from the suspended Rob Kiernan (pending appeal). The general consensus is that he gives a starting shirt to either Senderos or even the young Bates in central defence beside Clint Hill, as the recent form of Danny Wilson has been below par to say the least. A noticeable omission from the squad on Wednesday night was Joe Dodoo and, like most of my fellow bears, I’d hope to see him enter the fray in some capacity, probably from the bench such was the performance of Martyn Waghorn against the Saints.
With Rangers well out of SPL contention as far as winning it is concerned, the cup provides a real opportunity to end the season on a high with a trophy, and that thought isn’t lost on players, management and supporters alike. May is still a long way away however, with a lot of football to be played in-between. The Gers last visit to New Douglas Park saw a man of the match performance from Waghorn who scored a double and ran the show. With the same player scoring to rescue a point on match day one it would seem the South Shields boy has the midas touch over the Accies, which he’ll be hoping to add to tomorrow afternoon.
It will be an important game to for Jon Toral should he start alongside the impressive Hyndman in midfield again, and hopefully we see him build upon what was eventually a decent tidy display midweek. Any player to come through the Barca academy must have something about them after all, and hopefully we see a good bit of it tomorrow. Barry McKay will again be the catalyst for most things good I’m sure though, but we need to start turning his crosses and chance making into goals. On a personal note, I’ll be disgusted if Soccer AM don’t have his sublime bit of skill from Wednesday night on their “showboat” slot. An absolutely criminal bit of skill, and I think the Saints right back is still at Ibrox as we speak looking for him and the ball.
All in all, it’s time we started adding a bit of consistency in play and results, and regardless of who’s at the helm, any Rangers starting 11 should be capable of this at any time. We have the talent, Wednesday showed we have the fight. I hope to see us in the hat for the semi-final come 16:45pm with dreams of Hampden on the horizon. History shows, it’s our second home after all…..