Writing in his column for the Scottish Daily Mail, former Celtic favourite Kris Commons has slammed the quality of the Rangers team and believes they simply don’t have the ability to compete with Brendan Rodgers’ outfit.
After another disappointing weekend for the Ibrox side, beaten by Kilmarnock at Ibrox, fans are again questioning the future direction of the current first team squad and manager Graeme Murty, believing changes must be made this summer.
Some have wondered whether the thing holding them back in games against Celtic is mentality, but former Hoops attacking midfielder Kris Commons simply thinks they aren’t good enough.
Writing for the Scottish Daily Mail, he said:
I don’t think it’s a question of mentality. Rangers are just not good enough to break down really, really organised defending. Josh Windass needs a bit of space in behind, see a pass or open up his body and run forward. Daniel Candeias can put a good ball in the box but their top scorer, Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos, is missing sitters on almost a weekly basis. To be champions or contend at the top of the league, win cups, you need a striker who will score eight out of ten chances. It seems to me that Morelos is missing six or seven out of every ten he’s getting. Then you’ve got two holding midfielders who don’t carry a threat, except at set-pieces. So they just don’t have that cutting edge to break down a good defence.
Does Commons have a point or is that a harsh assessment of the current stars at Ibrox?
Rangers’ problem isn’t even that they can’t compete with Celtic in head-to-head matches, it’s their inability to beat teams week-to-week in home matches with the pressure to win from a big crowd coming down on them.
The Light Blues have lost seven of their 16 home games in the Scottish Premiership this season, drawing two more. It’s a dismal record that needs to change if they’re to ever challenge Celtic over the course of the season.
Until they add more of a creative cutting edge to their side and add players that can buy into the winning mentality of the club then they’ll be unable to close the gap.