Much like Rangers on the pitch yesterday, Rangers fans started off brightly, but began to wean as the game became frustrated and tired.
We went top, but you could be forgiven for not knowing it come full time. This was stodgy from Rangers, particularly in the final third.
Again, the midfield did not supply enough direct creativity and we were one dimensional. Even if that was down both flanks.
Barisic and Tavernier combination will be big for Rangers
Barisic and Tavernier will be fine folly for each other and there’s something exciting there. Borna looks a top, top player and I’m excited to see what he can bring to the side. Both were always available and look like powerful weapons on either flank.
But for all of the multitudes of crosses, we couldn’t finish them. We didn’t match Barisic or Tavernier’s energy, although sometimes the final product was found wanting from the Captain. Much like Thursday night.
Ryan Jack was once again very composed and classy in the middle too.
Lafferty finding his feet if not the net
But after starting rampantly, hitting the post within the first minute and a half and scoring within three, we fell away. We struggled to create, and when we did we just didn’t have the luck.
Kyle Lafferty must be desperate for a goal. He fluffed more than a few chances, but he didn’t play terribly. It’ll come for the Northern Irishman.
By the final whistle, we were grateful for the three points. But the fans were disgruntled. Probably because we had our egos dunted after Hearts for revelling too much in topping the table. A view echoed by Steven Gerrard.
We have Hibs away on Wednesday and we must be more direct and ruthless in Edinburgh.
We’re back on top but the fans wanted Rangers to send a message yesterday.
At Easter Road, it’s a chance to really do that. And I think the Rangers fans will be a little more cheery if we come back down the M8 with the early Christmas present of three points