For this evening’s clash against Hibernian, Steven Gerrard made two changes to the side which defeated Hamilton 1-0 on Sunday.
One alteration had been expected. Suspension served, Alfredo Morelos replaced Kyle Lafferty up top.
However, the second was less predictable. Ross McCrorie, included in the SPFL Team of the Week for an outstanding display at the weekend, found himself on the bench.
In his place, came Lassana Coulibaly, a man extremely short of form. The Mali international regularly flatters to deceive, while McCrorie had begun to form a strong partnership with Ryan Jack.
Understandably, Gers fans showed their disappointment with the decision.
Why drop mcCorie
— Jamie🇬🇧 (@Jamie_RFC72) December 19, 2018
Mccrorie dropped? Been superb last 2 games? Away to hibs?
— John (@Johnnyy1872) December 19, 2018
Just going on form mccrorie is playing better than coulibaly
— Chris Riddell (@Chris_riddell02) December 19, 2018
In the end, it’s difficult to argue that McCrorie’s first half absence made a big impact on the result. Rangers dominated in midfield and all over the park, even without the Scotland U21 international.
The 20-year-old eventually entered the fray at half-time, as Scott Arfield complained of a tight hamstring.
As a result, Coulibaly moved forward in support of Morelos. However, neither player managed to find the scoresheet.
Once again, it was that final pass, that clinical finish that deserted the Gers.
The final result will be an immense source of frustration for Steven Gerrard.
Yet more points have been dropped after failing to make the most of glaring opportunities. Once more, Rangers’ position at the summit of the SPL has been surrendered immediately.