Forrester, Miller and a lack of pace: Five talking points from Rangers' draw with Hamilton

Rangers' Kenny Miller

Rangers drew 1-1 with Hamilton Academical at Ibrox on Saturday - here are five talking points from the game.

Rangers manager Mark WarburtonRangers manager Mark Warburton

Defensive problems remain

One of the key things for Mark Warburton to address this summer was his defence. Danny Wilson and Rob Kiernan blew hot and cold last season, and after a torrid afternoon in the Scottish Cup final against Hibernian, Warburton had to make moves in defence – but so far, he's only brought in veteran Clint Hill and full back Lee Hodson. Hill started against Hamilton and didn't look comfortable, whilst the Accies regularly found room in the Rangers defence. With the transfer deadline approaching this month, Warburton must look to find a centre back who can steady the ship in the Rangers defence.

Rangers' Kenny MillerRangers' Kenny Miller

What should Kenny Miller's role be?

Now in his third spell with Rangers, forward Miller is a club hero. The 36-year-old has hit 97 goals in 235 games for the Gers and will go down in Ibrox history, but his role has to be brought into question. Miller offered very little against Hamilton outside having a goal ruled out early on, and whilst he was starved of service in the first half, he also didn't get involved enough himself. Rangers sparked into life when he was substituted, and based on the game against Hamilton, Warburton should re-think Miller's role as a regular starter this season.

Joey Barton applauds fans as he is substitutedRangers' Joey Barton

Barton should step forward more

Joey Barton enjoyed a fine league debut for Rangers; he was physical in the challenge and sprayed passes all over the pitch in a strong performance. He gave the ball away a couple of times but all in all, the veteran midfielder impressed at Ibrox. However, if there's one criticism of his game, it was that he was a little too deep in the first half, almost forming a back three as he split the centre backs. When he came forward a little more in the second half, Rangers were better for it, and having the tenacity of Jordan Rossiter next to him could be a fruitful partnership in the future.

Rangers' Harry Forrester reactsRangers' Harry Forrester

Pace needed in attack

This was a criticism of Rangers' play last season, but there were times where Warburton's men were just too slow building attacks, and it allowed Hamilton to sink in and defend easily. With Barrie McKay, Martyn Waghorn and Miller in attack whilst Niko Kranjcar patrolled behind, Rangers were just too slow and needed an injection of pace. Michael O'Halloran brought that in the second half, whilst summer signing Joe Dodoo should also be used to bring some speed to a sometimes pedestrian Rangers attack.

Forrester changes the game

Whilst Kranjcar was a little show and laboured, Harry Forrester brought a spark to the Rangers attack. His first major involvement was to get the ball 30 yards from goal, turn and ping a stunning pass with the outside of his boot to Waghorn, who grabbed the equaliser. That quick thinking and quick execution unlocked the Hamilton defence, and were aspects lacking from Rangers' performance before his inclusion. After a slow start following his January move from Doncaster Rovers, Forrester continues to thrive when given opportunities to shine.

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