A Rangers late show at Hamilton ensured that the Gers remain within 2 points of 2nd place Celtic, but the emphatic 4-1 scoreline did not tell the fully story according to one BBC pundit.
Prior to Rangers’ victory over Hamilton, Gerrard had failed to lead his side to victory in 4 away league fixtures. Gerrard’s inability to inspire his players to replicate their form at Ibrox on the road has represented his biggest problem of the season so far, but now he has finally tasted victory away from home and he will be hoping his side’s struggle will rapidly become a theme of the past.
Whether or not the victory represents a watershed moment in the club’s season remains to be seen, but what is for sure is that the scoreline flattered Rangers on the day.
Indeed, Rangers may have enjoyed more of the ball but they needed to rely on two glaring defensive mistake from Alex Penny who conceded two late penalties which were easily avoidable.
James Tavernier made no mistake from the spot to make sure of the points for the Gers before Alfredo Morelos rubbed salt into the wounds in injury time, but BBC Radio Sportsound’s Willie Miller was far from impressed with what he saw.
“For long periods it was dire stuff from Rangers. It wasn’t inspiring. The tempo was low, they weren’t creating chances,
“It’s a magnificent 4-1 victory but I don’t think it hides the cracks. It was very similar this game to the Livingston game [1-0 defeat].”
Whilst Miller is certainly right to question the standard of Rangers’ performance independently of a result which appears emphatic on the surface, the real test for the club will arrive in their next away league fixture when they travel to face Neil Lennon’s Hibernian.
After ending their hoodoo on the road Rangers have lifted a weight of pressure off their shoulders which should allow them to play with more freedom next weekend, but there’s no doubt they will be punished if they fail to step up a gear in light of their pressure-alleviating victory over Hamilton.
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