Halfway through the Hamilton versus Glasgow Rangers on the early Sunday afternoon SPFL game, thousands of Light Blue fans were hoping their heroes would perform much better in the second half.
If anything, they actually got worse.
Although Rangers were winning 2-1 at the interval, there was a high level of expectation that Hamilton were there for the taking and a good beating.
Ryan Jack was one of the few Rangers players who performed as well as he usually does and scored a nice opening goal with only seven minutes on the clock.
Ryan Kent insists scoring goals isn’t his priority for Rangers but he still admits he can’t hide the boost that getting off the mark for 2019/20 will do for his game.
Hamilton’s Lewis Smith nodded in an equaliser after his initial effort was blocked.
The Rangers defence was poor and Borna Barisic and James Tavernier could and should have done much better to prevent a sloppy goal.
The “Man of the Match” award was justified by Kent’s two goals, of which the first one was a stunning 20-yard scorcher that flew by the keeper to give Rangers the first-half lead again.
The special £7 million winger scored his first goals since returning permanently to the boys in blue.
Now that Kent is fully fit again, perhaps he can go on a good run of form, and score more goals during the remaining games of this season.
Rangers stumbled through the 3-1 victory to stay level on points at the top with Celtic, but unfortunately, several players were totally off the boil.
In spite of the poor level of Rangers’ performance against Hamilton, they are going into the crucial six-week period where points are the priority.
Hopefully, every player will play better at Feyenoord on Thursday for the vital Europa League tie.
Rangers must take at least a point and hope that Porto can drop points, to ensure qualification for the last 32.
If Rangers hit their usual form and go with resilience, belief and confidence, then the Ibrox club can get the result they need to put them through.