Frustrating. It’s a word I have found myself frequently using to describe Rangers recently.
It looked like another draw for the Light Blues on Saturday. Hamilton, Ross County and St Johnstone have taken points from Ibrox this season. Dundee were next on the list until the second minute of injury time.
Harry Forrester came off the bench to make the difference as his glancing header found the bottom corner.
Joe Dodoo supplied the cross and there to meet it at the front post was Forrester, nodding the ball past Scott Bain.
That was his third goal in as many games against Paul Hartley’s side.
Rangers had their usual amount of possession throughout the game, but rarely created anything effective.
Joe Garner missed a good chance in the first half when he turned his marker in the box, but drilled the ball wide.
The anticipation of our centre forward was not at its best against Dundee. Numerous crosses evaded him and another good chance in the second half passed him by.
Mark Warburton bemused most of the home support on the hour mark when he substituted Josh Windass. The midfielder was arguably the best player in blue but Barrie McKay replaced him – to some boos. The manager has since revealed that Windass was taken off as an injury precaution.
Dundee managed to force a couple of saves out of Wes Foderingham. There was also a last ditch tackle from Jason Holt which prevented a tap in.
The quality of the final ball was one of Rangers’ main problems. Dundee defended easily against crosses and corners into the box.
Harry Forrester may now have earned himself more appearances in the coming games and, in truth, there are a handful he could replace.
The evidence is clear that Mark Warburton will continue to stick with the same style of play. It now appears that rather than failing to adapt to games it could be a case of refusing to do so.
A last minute winner against both Motherwell and Dundee this season may prove that it can work doing that. You won’t get out of jail every time, though, and there lies the frustration.
It is the three points that every team aims to get however, and albeit another ‘frustrating’ performance, it was an important win.
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