There was yet more disappointment for Bears on Saturday afternoon, as Rangers failed to beat Kilmarnock.

Everything looked so positive in February. Gerrard’s men went through the month unbeaten and only conceded two goals.

He seemed to have finally found consistency in terms of selection and performance.

Glen Kamara had slotted in well and Rangers looked a different side. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Since we’ve hit March, though, it’s all changed.

There was a third consecutive draw against Hibs, followed by a third loss to Aberdeen this season.

Now, Steve Clarke’s Kilmarnock have inflicted more misery on the Gers.

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Last month, they came to Ibrox and were taught a lesson in a 5-0 hammering. That was clearly an anomaly, though, as Rangers have now dropped seven league points against Steve Clarke’s men this season.

During the week, Steven Gerrard was slammed by some fans for perceived poor tactics.

They criticised the slowness of his response to adversity against Aberdeen, accusing him of being a reactive manager.

Jermain Defoe and Kyle Lafferty only came on against Aberdeen when it was too late. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Strange half-time swap

Clearly, he was keen to put that right today. Rather than waiting until 20 minutes from the end, he made a double change at half-time.

The struggling Daniel Candeias was replaced by Eros Grezda. Yet, it was the second personnel alteration that raised more than a few eyebrows.

Despite being dropped for the game, Borna Barisic, who’s come under heavy criticism himself of late, came on for Andy Halliday.

Borna Barisic has struggled for form in 2019. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Gers were 1-0 down and the manager opted to change the left-back.

What’s more, no matter how the second half panned out, with two substitutions already made, it guaranteed that only one of Jermain Defoe or Kyle Lafferty would be able to come on.

It was to be Defoe who got the nod later in the piece.

However, while Alfredo Morelos got his team back on level terms, they didn’t do enough to force a winner.


Here’s a selection of reactions to the half-time changes: