Kyle Lafferty cut a frustrated figure up top on his own, against Dundee on Sunday.
With Morelos suspended, it was up to Lafferty to lead the line and provide the goals against the SPL’s bottom side.
However, his eventual failure to do so, was not his fault. It had much more to do with the officials and those playing alongside him.
Had it not been for a poor decision from the linesman, Lafferty would have put Rangers in front before halftime. 2-1 up at the interval against ten men, it undoubtedly would have been a different result.
The goal would have transformed Lafferty’s personal fortunes too. It should have been his first in eleven for club or country. The burden lifted, he could have played the second-half with freedom.
Instead, the tension that comes from failing to breakdown the ten man opposition, continued. Under that pressure, Rangers’ creative players provided next to nothing for their striker.
Middleton, Candeias and Grezda all consistently failed to produce quality from wide areas. Crosses sailed harmlessly into Dundee ‘keeper Jack Hamilton’s hands, or hit the first man. It had been a similar story against Aberdeen just a few night’s previous.
Lafferty tried runs to the front post and the back. Tried pulling back to the peripheries of the box. Yet, still, no one produced anything that said ‘go on, finish that.’
In the dying moments, a half-chance fell fortuitously for the big man, but in a crowded box, he was unable to capitalise.
However, it says something that it took until injury time loomed, for a chance to fall the Northern Irishman’s way. He worked his socks off throughout the 90 minutes, for no reward.
He’s doing his best to turn around his own and the team’s recent fortunes, but both his teammates and the officials, are combining to make that a near impossible task.