Kris Boyd has slammed four Rangers players ahead of Steven Gerrard’s side trip to Motherwell on Sunday.
The Gers slipped up yet again in midweek, having to come from behind to draw 2-2 with a depleted Aberdeen side at Ibrox.
Clean sheets have been hard to come by and 13 games have now passed in all competitions without Rangers scoring more than two goals.
Boyd isn’t happy and in his Scottish Sun column, he’s suggested that some senior players ‘think they’re better than they are.’
Connor Goldson and Borna Barisic are the first two stars he calls out.
After suggesting that Goldson’s contract deadlock could be about money, he writes ‘I just see a player who has let his standards drop through the floor since last season.’
Barisic didn’t play against Aberdeen in midweek due to a minor injury but Boyd hasn’t been impressed when the Croatia international has been on the pitch, claiming that ‘his performances this season have also fallen off a cliff’.
Next in the firing line is James Tavernier, whose levels he believes have ‘dropped substantially’, before he claims that if he were Alfredo Morelos right now, he’d be ’embarrassed’ about his goal return.
Boyd asserts that four league goals from Rangers’ main striker at this point in the season is ‘just not good enough’.
The coaching staff don’t get off scot-free either, with the constant rotation of the goalkeepers also criticised.
Boyd slams four Rangers players ahead of Motherwell clash
Boyd is often seen as a Rangers cheerleader by rival fans but he hasn’t pulled any punches here.
Clearly, none of Goldson, Barisic, Tavernier or Morelos have hit their best form yet this season. No one in a Rangers shirt has, though.
Sometimes players go through sticky patches that have little to do with contract situations or transfer wishes, but there’s no doubt that collectively, something is afoot at Ibrox right now.
This was perhaps not the best time to call out Tavernier and Morelos, with the still highly influential skipper notching three assists and scoring once in his last three appearances, while El Bufalo has two goals in his last two outings.
They still don’t look quite themselves in open play, though, and both Goldson and Barisic have definitely been struggling.
Standards must be raised across the group over the coming weeks and months.
Otherwise, the Premiership title defence will fail and the Europa League campaign will be a short one.