Stuart McCall's decision to ring the changes could have done more harm than good in the 2-2 draw
A fifth straight draw has done real damage to Rangers’ challenge for second-place as they head into Sunday’s game against Hibernian.
Stuart McCall decided to ring the changes against Alloa, making five changes form Saturday’s draw against Livingston, with two of those changes being forced upon him.
The story of the game was predictably the same as the four that preceded it. The Gers had 62 per cent of the possession, 18 shots, only eight of those on target and 12 corners.
The Wasps only had five shots and scored twice. This points to the defensive frailties that currently plague the Light Blues, but on this occasion McCall’s decision to make so many changes could have been another issue rather than a solution.
Rangers are a team who are very short on confidence and can’t see a lead out long enough to convert it into three points. Whilst McCall needs to find his best 11, the run in to the season isn’t the time to do it. He will have numerous videos and advisers to let him know who has played well and who hasn’t and that is the way he needs to go about it.
There isn’t a lot of cohesion within the team and making so many changes only stands to add to that problem. Yes, changes do need to be made, but they need to be calculated on the training pitch rather than using important games as trials.
When Nicky Clark’s second goal in five second half minutes went in to cancel out Ben Gordon’s header many would have thought the corner was turned and the momentum would start building with only 13 minutes left to play.
But Liam Buchanan was on hand to net the third goal in that ten minute period, lifting the ball over the returning Cammy Bell to draw the game level for the team placed second-bottom of the league.
This result will have done a lot more than damage the chances of finishing in second-place, because it will have destroyed the last modicum of confidence left in the Rangers side, leaving McCall with a lot more rebuilding to do than what he had when he took over less than a week ago.