Boyd points finger at two key Rangers players who switched off for late Accies equaliser
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Boyd criticises two key Rangers players who switched off for late Hamilton equaliser

Sky Sports pundit Kris Boyd has criticised Rangers stars James Tavernier and Borna Barisic for their roles in a late Hamilton equaliser on Sunday afternoon.

The Gers were far from at their best in the early kick-off at the Fountain of Youth Stadium but with just seconds remaining in injury time, it looked as though they would take three points back to Glasgow courtesy of a Brian Easton own goal.

Brian Easton’s own goal put Rangers in front. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Yet, after Bruce Anderson had a strong header pushed away by the outstanding Allan McGregor, Ross Callachan squeezed in a follow-up at the near post with virtually the last kick of the game.

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Boyd felt that the goal was entirely preventable, blaming skipper Tavernier, who was caught up the pitch, and Barisic, who he felt was slow to react to the danger after McGregor’s initial save.

“That mistake at the end comes from James Tavernier not putting pressure on the ball, they were able to shape the ball down the line, to get runners beyond and then once it comes in the box you’ve got to pick up the man,” said Boyd on Sky Sports.

“They actually get a second chance (to clear). Bruce Anderson wins the first header, then you’ve got another chance to react and clear it.

“Borna Barisic is sleeping and Callachan is able to get it back across goal and it hits off McGregor for an own goal.”

Kris Boyd criticised Rangers stars Tavernier and Barisic for failing to prevent the Hamilton goal. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The full-backs have been crucial to Rangers’ success in the Premiership so far this season and Barisic played a big part in the Gers’ goal at Accies with an excellent delivery from the left that Easton turned into his own net.

However, Tavernier struggled at both ends of the pitch during the game while Barisic was caught on his heels a little for the equaliser.

The result was a big one for Accies in their bid for survival and a setback for Steven Gerrard’s Gers, but their lead at the top of the table is still a whopping 21 points.

With their unbeaten run still intact and three of their next four league fixtures at home, the draw is only likely to be a minor slip-up in their march to the title.

While Rangers dropped points in the Premiership, their Europa League opponents Royal Antwerp pulled off a dramatic win in the Belgian Pro League as their Round of 32 clash looms.


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