Three games into the league season, and it’s not exactly made for fantastic viewing so far.
Two wins and a draw have covered some fairly poor performances, although despite this, there’s not been a game yet where Rangers have deserved to lose.
Tomorrow’s trip to Kilmarnock will be a good opportunity for Rangers to return to a ground where they have a little bit more familiarity and look to put in a more convincing performance than they have as yet.
Joe Garner is likely to make his Rangers debut tomorrow night and the former Preston North End striker will be hoping to hit the ground running. Mark Warburton’s side have struggled in front of goal recently and Garner will offer something a bit more direct than Kenny Miller does centrally.
Despite his fairly poor goal return last season in the Championship, Garner does have a good goal record and given the chances Rangers create most weeks, the 28-year-old could easily hit 30 goals this season.
The arrival of Garner will probably see Martyn Waghorn pushed out on the right, when he returns to fitness. Although he played most of the season through the middle last year, Waghorn did have spells out wide and largely impressed there; more than a few thought he should have been played there more regularly.
Manager Warburton has struggled a little to settle on someone for that role since joining the club and, now with a number of options available, it seems as though he may finally have a first choice.
On the other side, Barrie McKay isn’t likely to be going anywhere, so a front-line of Waghorn, McKay and Garner looks as though it will be as close to the regular trio as we’ll see.
Joe Dodoo, in his limited appearances, has struggled to look consistent enough to warrant a start and Michael O’Halloran just can’t seem to do enough to get a game, even if he impresses coming off the bench.
Miller is in the, likely, last months of his career and should see his involvement in the starting XI scaled back over the coming months.
Makes a change from wondering which forward was going to come off for Nicky Clark like last season!
Defensively Philippe Senderos, may by the time you read this, have signed a deal to be a Rangers player. After Joleon Lescott’s move fell through, it’s only natural that we moved for the big Swiss defender, who has been on trial with the club for two weeks now.
Senderos is something totally different to what we have in Danny Wilson and Rob Kiernan, although I’m not too sure he’s going to be a regular if he does sign. Warburton seems to like the pairing of Wilson and Kiernan, and despite their odd lapses, they aren’t as bad as portrayed by some.
The addition of a quality defender to push them on and pass on the experience, he will have picked up in a career which has taken in AC Milan, Valencia, Arsenal and international trips to World Cups and European Championships.
Clint Hill will provide similar throughout the season both will be more than capable of stepping into the side for big games if needed.
Once the new signings get up to speed physically, then this squad is definitely capable of sustaining a challenge for the title this season. A sluggish start to the season is nothing new when supporting Rangers and these last few games will all, hopefully, be forgotten about come May.
A win against them [Celtic] in a few weeks time would be a pretty good start too!