Nineteen-Year-Old Nino Robertson from Rothesay gives his player analysis of Friday’s 3-1 over St Mirren at Ibrox. FOLLOW FOLLOW Him on Twitter Here.
The former Swindon stopper wasn’t put to work too much during the league opener. His only real task was retrieving the ball from his net after Cameron Howieson broke free and halved his side’s deficit for 2-1. He then held his breath as Steven Thompson stepped up to the spot. Fortunately the ex-Ranger’s effort sailed over the bar and let us off the hook. As refreshing as it is to see a Rangers side attempting to play from the back, there does come a time when his short passes and extra touches have to stop. Overall a solid performance for our new boy between the sticks.
A superb showing from the captain. Wallace epitomised everything that a Rangers captain should, nonstop energy all night, causing the opposition problems with his attacking threat. A fine performance included his first brace for the club, setting the light blues well on their way to maximum points. His second goal was the pick of the bunch, latching on to a neat pass from Barrie McKay and coolly slotting home. A well deserved man of the match from Lee.
Bearing in mind this new look team have not played together for too long, I suspect things will improve. Warburton strives for perfection so there is no doubt that simple errors will be cut out as the squad gels together. The former Wigan man was not poor by any stretch of the imagination although it certainly was a concern that the defence was split so easily with a long ball – which led to St Mirren’s goal. Kiernan was drawn to the ball and lost his runner. Room for improvement.
The same can be said for Keirnan’s defensive partner at the back. With Wilson already familiar with his Ibrox surroundings, you would not expect players of his calibre to not be conceding such a soft goal and therefore creating tension which after, the buddies found the net, you could sense, the crowd seemed a little flat for a short while. As has been said before, over the course of the season situations like these will be easily avoided. Overall dealt with St Mirren’s attacking presence well.
The full-back is fast becoming a favourite amongst the Gers faithful a fantastic performance, loaded with enthusiasm from the first whistle. He provides a great out ball if and allows us to move further forward- and quickly! Under this new System Rangers are more susceptible to shipping goals due to their attacking style of play. Just something to be mindful of when bombing forward at every opportunity. The concession of the penalty was a bit clumsy but hardly worth mentioning in the end.
This young man is due a lot of credit for his display. He has forced himself into the managers thinking after tough loan spells at Morton and Raith Rovers. He is attack minded which something is that has been missing- certainly over the last few seasons. He has showed great character to get back into contention under the new regime. He allowed Wallace to continue forward, always looked to run at his opponent.
Looked composed in the centre of the park, and at times bossed proceedings. He did the simple things right, and adds extra bite to the midfield by not being afraid to put a foot in when it matters. The self-confessed bluenose will only get better, after getting another full 90 under his belt. He was certainly not phased by turning out in front of a full house. He has hardly put a foot wrong so far and is a great addition to this youthful team.
Did what was required, and adds a spark to midfield, making a few good runs into attacking areas. He too will improve with the more he plays. His best trait is late runs from the middle and hopefully we will see him bag a few goals this term, as he did so often for Hearts. He will surely flourish will a better quality of player around him. Always looking to find a yard of space which he did to great effect when drifting infield to tee up Wallace for the second
Without wishing to be overly critical of Law, I thought he was poor. We saw a slightly more rejuvenated player under his former gaffer, Stuart McCall. Now, however I feel he is often laboured in possession and lacks creativity. If ever there was a perfect replacement for someone like Scott Allan, the Englishman is it. The weak link in an otherwise promising crop of players.
Walsh is another who will benefit under the new set up. He brings pace and was always direct, but he didn’t do this enough on Friday evening. A decent performance from the youngster, by no means the finished article as his final pass was poor at times, and was subbed as a result.
Waghorn looks to be good bit of business by Warburton , a clever player who popped up with a few attempts on goal, he can count himself unlucky to not have opened his account for the season. A question mark remains over where his best position is, but he looks hungry to hit the ground running and kick start his faltering career after poor spells south of the border, with Wigan and Leister City. He will be looking to rediscover his potential in light blue.
The Northern Irishman may have to be content with a role coming off the bench this season. Credit to him he did seal all three points in the closing stages after latching on to a Templeton cross and a helping hand from Mark Ridgers to make sure of the win.
Came on for McKay and played a major part in the decisive goal his low cross angled for Shiels put the icing on the cake for the home team.
Replaced Walsh with half an hour remaining, he only had one shot of note which was well hit but also well saved by the legs of Mark Ridgers.