Conceding early goals has let Rangers down this week
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Conceding early goals has let Rangers down this week

By the end of last Sunday, it looked like we could really mount a title challenge. By the end of yesterday, two early goals have all but killed that optimism.

Yes, we’re by no means out of the race, but we’ve certainly done ourselves no favours. It’s not just the results that have been dispiriting, but the performances have been nothing short of abject.

Against both Aberdeen and Dundee Rangers lacked courage, bite and determination. We have been poor all over the pitch and look in bad nick at the minute.

Joe Worrall has come under fire for his performance against Dundee. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

What’s more, we let ourselves down in the first 10 minutes of both games. Early goals have been our undoing.

Rangers have struggled to bounce back after losing early goals

Against Aberdeen, losing that early goal took the sting out of it for us. It also helped them get their tails up. We toiled, even against 10 men, and there was a real feeling of frustration in the crowd.

We shot ourselves in the foot early on and never recovered. But Aberdeen worked hard, they wanted it more than us.

Similarly, we gave ourselves it all to do against Dundee. One down after nine minutes, we’d handicapped ourselves again.

Should Rangers be looking to restore Nikola Katic to the side? (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Only this time, there is literally no excuse. Against Dundee, we play the majority of the game with a man advantage yet could only muster one effort on target. It was embarrassing.

But it all started with leaking an early goal. If Rangers are to get back in the race, we must tighten up at the back and stop going down early.

Does that start by bringing this man back into the team?