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Defensive frailties disappoint new Rangers boss

Stuart McCall was critical of his team's defensive display following the 2-2 draw with Alloa.

After Saturday’s draw against Livingston, Kenny Miller spoke out against the poor defending that is costing Rangers valuable points and, after another poor stalemate with Alloa, Stuart McCall has echoed those words.

The new Rangers manager will have watched on in disbelief after his side worked hard to come from behind, only to then throw the lead away.

While McCall has tried to take the positives from the game when speaking to the club’s official website, it is obvious that the defensive frailties are contributing to the miserable run that Rangers are currently enduring.

“We can’t give goals away like we did and it is a difficult place to play right now, there is no doubt about that, there is edginess about the place,” said McCall.

“Alloa aren’t coming here to lie down, but we’ve got to be beating teams at the bottom like them at the moment and they have all been tight games against them this season.

“We can take a lot of positives from the second half; there were a lot of positive individual performances.

“But they put one ball in the box and scored and we must have put 15 or 20 crosses and free-kicks in and didn’t make it count.”

The struggles up front and the slack display at the back have plagued Rangers to the point that it is almost expected. The key issue in defence may not lie with the personnel, but simply with confidence, that rarest of things at Ibrox.

Weak displays have cost the Gers against teams at the bottom of the division in the past three games, so a match against Hibernian on Sunday is make-or-break for McCall’s side.

A win, or even a confident draw, could be a catalyst for stronger performances going forward, but losing anywhere close to the way they did last time the sides met would be a massive blow for confidence, and the chances of finishing second.

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