After four games without a win, Glasgow Rangers next match is a trip to Celtic Park which has now become a mountainous hill for Steven Gerrard’s side to climb.
With Rangers’ title chances almost nil at the moment, the Ibrox club would apply a little pressure on Neil Lennon’s Celtic, if they could manage to win three points off them.
Rangers have a healthy lead over Aberdeen and Kilmarnock to finish runners up for the first time since coming back to the SPFL, therefore you could call it progress for Gerrard.
If the Light Blues have even a smidgen of a chance, they must finish the season on a roll, and winning games instead of only drawing would help.
The Rangers fans were frustrated once again to watch Steve Clarke’s Kilmarnock come to Ibrox and play everybody behind the ball and played exactly the same way Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen did in midweek.
Teams have realised that Rangers find it difficult to beat teams when they play so deep, continue to foul, break up the play, and referees allow obvious fouls to go unpunished.
With numerous poorly-timed, deliberately late tackles on Rangers players, Kilmarnock were very lucky to finish with all 11 men still on the park.
Personally, I would prefer Rangers to play with three tall centre-halves at the back, with five midfielders to combat against the oppositions five, and that system allows Gerrard to play with two men up front.
Alfredo Morelos cannot win every game on his own playing as the only centre forward, as he always has two and three players surrounding him when the ball gets close to him.
Some of the brutal challenges against Morelos are simply appalling, and the main reason for him picking up so many of his bookings.
The SPFL have never had a player like, ‘El Buffalo’ before, and they don’t know how to handle him.
Considine of Aberdeen had both arms around his body in the penalty box, and rather than give a penalty and the red card to follow, that inept, bias Kevin Clancy, books Morelos for diving instead. Flipping disgrace!
The frustration Morelos must feel, surely has to be eliminated by John Fleming the SFA’s refereeing boss, who has to warn his men in black to look at their own performances, in the Rangers matches involving him.
Scotland’s head of referees has been angered by what he calls “over the top” criticism of match officials, but I disagree completely with Fleming’s assumption.
Fleming believes the challenges facing referees are greater than ever, which is definitely true, but to insist that he has a good relationship with managers, is total bunkum.
There is a clear feeling in Scotland, that the suspicion of Morelos being a marked man by so many poor standard referees – is again true.
What is John Fleming and the SFA willing to do to fix the Morelos and referees problem, for the sake of Scotland’s good name, get it sorted out quickly.
Since Scotland’s head of referees took over his new job just over six year’s ago, the standard has deteriorated disastrously – what does that tell you?
Looking closely at his record, if he was working for almost any other company in the world and performing so badly, he would most probably be sacked.
EVERY WEEK, managers and media outlets, blast dismal performances from the list of errors that continue to be regularly shown against certain referees, and they don’t get punished nearly enough.
I realise that if you don’t have enough good referees, it is almost impossible to replace the crap ones with the rest who are actually worse.
Rangers fully deserved the equaliser against Kilmarnock, as there was only one team playing attractive frustrating football, and Kilmarnock sitting in – for the whole 95 minutes of play.
Unfortunately, Ryan Kent and Daniel Candeias were not on their best form against the tight defensive Killie side, and they must score more often and create goals for others to improve their end product, in the final third.
Rangers are not showing enough imagination going forward. Too much side to side and back the way passes which allows teams merely to sit in with their two banks of five to deny teams space.
Regularly getting caught on the break, ball watching or full backs out of position. Not good enough at opening up chances if Kent, Candeias, and Tavernier are all having an off day.
The Ibrox club have to work a system of playing with two up front.
Any chance Steve Clarke would have had to manage Rangers or Celtic are gone, when you see how negative his Kilmarnock team play.
Their tactics were truly appalling, and could very well, stop fans from following football, if that’s the way they play throughout a season.
I am 100% behind Gerrard, and I think that Rangers are truly privileged to have someone of his ability, managing a Scottish giant of a club.
The Ibrox manager knows he requires a creative talent to spearhead the midfield, but they don’t grow on trees and are extremely expensive to buy.
A player like 33-year-old Luka Modrić would still be out of Rangers financial reach, and to get any player who can unlock a clever defensive unit would cost a fortune.
Those top end players tend to go to the English Premier League or Spain, Germany etc. You won’t get one on a free transfer or loan, no chance.
As quoted in the Scottish Sun, Gerrard said: “I’d probably be better than Pep Guardiola if I made 20 changes in the summer and got 20 perfectly right!
“The reality is, in the market we are in, you’re going to make a few mistakes or get some wrong, but it was needed, in my opinion.
“Now it’s more about trying to identify people who are going to make a difference in the 11 rather than trying to make the squad stronger.
“A number 10 was an area we tried but maybe targets you’re after aren’t available or with the funds available you can’t make that happen.”