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Rangers 2-0 Hearts, What we learned: Wilson and Kiernan could be the best option

There's plenty to digest from that, as we wonder whether Clint Hill should be returned to the team after all.

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This isn't fixed yet

While the last two games have been fine performances, it's certainly also true that the constant problem of Mark Warburton's Rangers, wastefulness, was well on show. It's probably the only problem that we've had consistently for his entire reign, and today was another game where we scored far less than we should've. "Well, we won, so what?" you may ask, although most teams won't completely chuck it to the extent Hearts did. Rangers should have racked up a few after the second, as our opponents were all over the shop.

In addition, we need to translate this kind of form to our away games. After that, we can say things are well on the right track. Right now, we're at least moving in the right direction.


Barrie McKay is back

After a fine performance against Aberdeen, McKay went one better with an absolutely stunning display against Hearts tonight. As is their style, Ian Cathro's men resorted to Judo to attempt to stop him by the end, even largely failing at that. He could have had a hat-trick of assists had it not been for Martyn Waghorn being something of a fanny merchant in his cameo. The transformation in our attack is obvious - we said that if he could return to last season's form, we'd solve a lot of problems. Today, he excelled it.


We should stick with Wilson and Kiernan

Danny Wilson was the only other contender for man of the match today. Despite that, Don Cowie's non-goal hinted at the sort of thing that tends not to happen with Clint Hill in the side, although it would be extremely harsh to drop Kiernan or Wilson if Warburton wishes to return him to the side. In addition, it's probably not a coincidence that our pressing, particularly high up the park, was miles more effective without the ancient Hill in defence. He is a lot more composed in certain situations, but overall the old Wilson-Kiernan axis might work out best.


Tavernier can work in midfield

Tavernier's general performance in midfield wasn't too spectacular, but solid enough. The main encouragement to try him there again, however, came from how dangerous his runs into the box looked. He looked likely to get on the scoresheet all game, and it's definitely worth another shot, since we lack goals from midfield so desperately.