The results from both Tynecastle and Fir Park have helped highlight problems in the Rangers ranks that need to be addressed fairly urgently.
In both these games Rangers were outplayed in the first forty-five minutes.
In the Motherwell game, I might even suggest outclassed by a team of former Rangers players.
We spent over £10M, supposedly strengthening our team, in the summer, only to get the run around by a team of players we let go for next to nothing.
That said, we did hit the cross-bar twice in the first half, and the Motherwell goal was offside, if only by a matter of a few inches. But, to be fair to Motherwell, they could easily have gone in at half time 3-0 ahead.
In the second half, Rangers did change things around and put up a bit of a fight. That was something that would not have happened last season. Demarcus Beasley, got a penalty, by suckering Keith Lasley into knocking him over in the box, and Kris Boyd took a very good penalty kick to give us a draw.
Over the piece Kris Boyd did miss a number of chances, but the more observant amongst you will have noticed that most of these shots were taken with his left foot. The penalty was taken with his right foot. If we want to get the best from Kris, we need to set him up on his right side.
The big problems again emanated in the midfield. Steven Whittaker was quite rightly taken off at half time. Steven has not yet got up to speed in a Rangers Jersey, and any number of players would currently provide better service.
The midfield problem is not just down to Whittaker, the current crop of midfielders is just not flexible enough to perform in a modern midfield.
This includes, arguably, our best player Barry Ferguson. Barry is great at seeing passes, keeping possession and giving himself and others around him time to play. However, an important part of the midfielder’s job today is chasing, harrying, winning tackles, and providing good defensive cover. Of course, that is why Brahim Hemdani was our player of the year last year.
Our midfielders have only some of the attributes required, but their range is limited. They are almost too specialised. Versatile players like Stuart Munro, Jorge Albertz, Alex McDonald or John Greig are the type of players we need in there, well one can but wish.
P.S. Did Jean-Claude do the necessary warming up before coming on at half time and almost immediately pulling a hamstring?