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League (Premier Division)
Darren Jackson (5)
Maurice Johnston (17)
Mark Walters (40)
Freddy van der Hoorn
Michael O'Neill for Miodrag Krivokapić (75)
Peter Huistra for Chris Vinnicombe (11)
Ally McCoist for Maurice Johnston (76)
Miodrag Krivokapić (41)
Jim McInally (67)
|Richard Gough (79)|
Andrew Waddell (Edinburgh) (Referee)
For the second year running our fixture with Rangers as this time of year was as much about weather as football. If you recall a year previously the match was played in torrential rain with a howling gale. On this occasion the rain was substituted by blizzard conditions, particularly in the first half. Manager Jim McLean made two changes side which had lost at Dunfermline with Dave Bowman and Michael O'Neill dropping out to be replaced by John Clark, starting a match for the first time this season, and Mixu Paatelainen. Our start to the match was more than encouraging. Christian Dailly pushed the ball into John Clark's path and his shot was flicked home by Darren Jackson via a post after only seven minutes play. Three minutes later we might well have gone further ahead as a cross by Mixu Paatelainen from the left and John Clark from the right in quick succession found no takers in the middle. Unfortunately, Rangers got back on level terms in the 18th minute when Mo Johnston dispossessed Miodrag Krivokapic and ran to beat Alan Main. The visitors were spurred on by this and Alan Main had to react quickly to hold a Hateley flick from a Walters cross in the 33rd minute. When the blizzard conditions were perhaps at their most intense Mark Walters conjured some magical foot-work before chipping Alan Main.
Apart from an early spell of pressure at the start of the second half when Walters again threatened, Rangers played a containing aame in the second half. Billy McKinlay hit a 35 yarder which Woods saved low down at his right hand post, as we found it difficult to break down a resolute Ibrox rearguard. Consequently, we slumped to our third home defeat of the season, but this was Rangers first point against us this season and we remained the only side to have defeated them in the league, having done that in both previous encounters.
|Alan Main (GK)||23||17||-||63||-|
|Freddy van der Hoorn||27||23||1||65||3|
|Michael O'Neill (sub)||21||11||-||36||7|
No league table has been added for this season.
Apart from the obvious disappointment with the defeat at Dunfermline last Saturday, the result puts even more pressure upon us to achieve a good result against Rangers this afternoon. There is no doubt, as I stated just a few weeks ago, that there is a nucleus of players in the side who are wholly committed in every game, but sadly others are only prepared to do just enough to get by. I am sure in my own mind that the reason for our recent lapses in form is down to some of the exceptional players in the side not reproducing the kind of form that they did earlier in the season. I'd like to cite two instances, though by doing so I do not mean to criticise the players concerned. Billy McKinlay and Darren Jackson typify what I mean. Their contributions for most of the season have been exceptional, giving us the added class we need as a side. Unfortunately, their form has dipped recently, so depriving us of that extra class. My problem is that we don't have players of equal quality to replace them so that I can allow them to take a break away from the first team to recharge their batteries. To prove my point, look how Darren Jackson came off the bench against St. Johnstone after being dropped and immediately started to show the kind of form expected from him.
However, the performance of the other front and midfield men, with the exception of Mclnally, will have to be vastly improved before I can consider leaving either Darren Jackson or Billy McKinlay out. For too long now too much has fallen on their shoulders and a rest for a week or two is the only way back for both. It will certainly come to that eventually, but not in a game as important as todays. In recent weeks I have contacted several managers with a view to possible player exchanges but as yet none of these efforts has come to fruition. I hope that we will have learned from Ranger's last visit that you cannot start slowly against them and expect to win, even although we managed to do just that last time. We will have to match Rangers in every aspect of play from the first whistle to the last if we are to complete a hat-trick of wins over the men from Ibrox. Finally, I do hope that everyone had a very merry Christmas and I'd like to wish you all a very happy and prosperous 1991.