Disclaimer: I would like to apologise for writing this preview without obtaining permission from the Rangers Fans Board. Furthermore, as a lifelong supporter I should know better as having the audacity to email Rangers’ executive management in an unelected, unrepresented position is not becoming of modern day supporters. Please forgive me. In future I will stick my hand up and ask politely.
Rangers are on a winning streak! Yes, I uttered those words. Seven game winning streak, some okay performances and well worked goals should be instilling confidence into a side which has fumbled around football parks since August. Although the team are on a winning run, the overall performance is still lacking edge, but there are some positives from a few individuals.
Kenny Miller’s return from injury has given the frontline much needed impetus. Miller’s experience and quality is paying dividends as we‘ve scored 16 goals since his return on Armed Forces Day. The debate over Miller is who should partner him up front. Top scorer Kris Boyd or Nicky Clarke who, out of both options, has performed better.
The main star, though, is Lewis McLeod. A senior call up to the Scotland squad is recognition of the lad’s talent and potential. Overhead kicks, sublime passes and man of the match performances is starting to alert other clubs. However, what we do know is that Lewis is a Ranger. The club must hold firm on any offers as many supporters like myself will view him as Rangers’ future captain. A great example of hard work paying off.
I can’t give praise to others without acknowledging the contribution from Darren McGregor. Signed in the summer from St Mirren, Darren’s performance in the USA tour was anything but encouraging. However, he’s got the head down and played his way into the team with every opportunity. Darren’s a no nonsense type defender with a bit of pace. Certainly a better option than Moshni who at best is a bomb-scare.
Seven game winning streaks are okay, but the team needs to see out the remaining fixtures of 2014 if we’re to close the gap on leaders Hearts. Going into 2015 on a sustained winning run will give the players the encouragement to start the New Year with determination to win the league. Perhaps the players are starting to realise this league is a step up from the past two years against part-time opposition.
The team I would select:
McGregor - McCulloch - Wallace
Templeton - Black - Law - Macleod
Miller - Boyd - Clark
Tomorrow is not only an important fixture in what is turning out to be a tightly contested promotion campaign; tomorrow we bow our heads and pay respect to the fallen. 100 years ago the men and women of the Commonwealth and beyond were fighting for the freedoms we enjoy today.
Laurence Binyon’s poem written shortly after the Battle of the Marne is still recited today as mark of respect in various services up and down the country:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
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