Last night’s 5-0 thumping of Peterhead was much more like the Rangers that fans have come to expect under Mark Warburton. Crisp passing, constant movement and real attacking intent put the League One side under pressure right from kick off. Despite the gulf between the sides there will have been a few lessons for Warburton and his side. Here’s what GTBFO picked up on:
Jordan Rossiter will be a star
Robbie Fowler once compared the young midfielder with Steven Gerrard and, while that’s maybe a bit too strong so far, Rossiter appears to carry himself in a very similar manner to a young Gerrard. Joey Barton & Andy Halliday have both featured as the defensive midfielder so far this season but if Rossiter can continue to perform as he has so far in his short Ibrox career then he could make that position his own for years to come.
Harry Forrester is bloody entertaining to watch
He can be frustrating as hell at times too but when Forrester gets on to a game he’s unplayable. Some of his passing is exquisite and despite playing in a much more advanced role last night, his pressing of the opposition’s created a number of opportunities for Rangers and was the perfect example of what Warburton meant when he spoke about “defending from the front and attacking from the back”.
For the first time in years we have two decent ‘keepers competing
With all respect to some of the younger goalkeepers who’ve been back-up in recent years, this is the first time I can remember since 2008/09 where we’ve had two solid goalkeepers fighting it out to be number one. Foderingham has his flaws, as does Gilks, but both are good, consistent ‘keepers and should likely push each other on over the course of the season.
There’s some real depth in the squad
It wasn’t that long ago that if Rangers had made six changes to the side that started a league game we’d be faced with a scenario where the fans had no idea who was playing. Last night Warburton made six changes and was able to bring in two full internationals into the starting XI. Some of the others who came in include the aforementioned Harry Forrester, Michael O’Halloran and, England Under-19 captain Jordan Rossiter.
There will surely be a few selection headaches now ahead of the trip to Den’s Park on Saturday.