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Rangers 2-1 Aberdeen: What we learned as Kenny Miller and Lee Hodson seal victory

We needed that. Here's some things we found out along the way.

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Barrie McKay could help turn this around

It's debatable whether McKay deserved to be dropped, but his reintroduction to a starting berth today was key to Rangers' win. His excellent work for the killer second from Lee Hodson was exactly what we've been missing, and his constant ability to drive forward with the ball and wide range of passing transformed the Rangers attack. If he can keep playing like that, and rediscover his form of last season, he could well transform the whole team.

Rangers really need to work on turnarounds

Evident in a Hearts game where we were distinctly second best, our lack of ability to move the ball forward with speed and precision after winning it was also apparent today, where we were dominant. The vision of McKay and direct running of Michael O'Halloran might've helped this, but the problem of being unable to clear the ball accurately and with composure in defence remains a problem, even with Clint Hill.

It's one of the most important things in football - are we actually working on it? Not enough, if so. This is mostly to blame for our shocking away record against big teams, and it needs sorted, pronto. We're not going to be able to outpress everybody we come up against.

Joe Garner still isn't looking like a great signing

Many have suggested that Garner is a player to suit a style and system we don't use, but it's worth questioning exactly what you'd have to do to make him an effective player. His pass for Miller's opener today meant he was worth his starting berth alone, although he did very little otherwise. What exactly is he supposed to be good at? He can't time his runs, he seems to fall over more often than winning or holding up the ball, his finishing has been terrible and he's generally clumsy.

Garner undoubtedly must have something, but it's becoming increasingly difficult to see what, and as a result increasingly difficult to see him ever becoming a key player in this side.