Movement is key
You can argue that Rangers have misspent this summer, and we certainly could have got more for our money, but something seems amiss about the way the whole team plays. The play has been static, the passing has been sterile, and the movement has been stationary. Rangers could have done with more players moving and attacking from deep for a while, but this season it's been ridiculous. Today, that was partly remedied, and our first two goals came from players attacking from deep. It's not a coincidence. Let's hope we can keep it up.
James Tavernier is crucial to this team
Rangers have missed James Tavernier in the last two games. Not only for the game against St. Johnstone, where he didn't play, but also in his usual role against Celtic. Not only is he far better at attacking from deep (see?) but his ability to bring the ball out makes it far more difficult to press our defenders and contributes massively to our build-up. He was very good today, despite not having as much of an effect as usual in the final third of the pitch.
Joe Garner still looks like he doesn't really fit
Garner didn't have a bad game by any barometer, but he still looks like he doesn't really fit in the team. His movement for the goal was a fine piece of anticipation, but in general he's usually in the wrong place at the wrong time, and doesn't have the touch to hold the ball up in the way that the team needs. Nonetheless, he does have something - but whether it's worth playing to his strengths at the expense of the rest of the team is highly questionable. It will be interesting to see how he's thought of at the end of the season.
Michael O'Halloran has something to offer
O'Halloran got a slightly generous Man of the Match award today, and while his pace, close control and upper body strength lead him to create something out of nothing constantly, his end product is invariably lacking. If a physical, aerially dominant unit like Garner is the striker, why slam low balls into the six-yard box? He could do with adding some more to his repertoire, but he does at least cause panic and indecision in the opposition defence with remarkable consistency. Again, there may be a slightly better way of using this. Perhaps now Warburton will trust him in bigger matches, where his pace can come in handy and his crosses can make their way through less congested penalty areas.
Windass will be crucial
Jason Holt is nice for keeping things ticking over, but isn't exactly a defence-splitting playmaker, while Barrie McKay is out of form. Thank goodness then for Josh Windass. Still presumably not entirely fit and finding his feet at Ibrox, his willingness to try new things, and his potent combination of directness and guile make him a constant threat to the opposition. He looks like he could be very good indeed once he's been rounded out and got a run of games behind him.