Somebody said earlier in this thread that we've got a lot of spectators but not many supporters. I can't really disagree with that. The jeering when Ejaria played a ball back to Goldson because there was nothing on ahead of him was ridiculous.
Our support is fragile at the moment and rightly so. We know it's been tough and we have seen these sort of games and their eventual outcomes many times before over the past few years
We all know we want the team to be successful but far too often they have let us down.
Belief comes from seeing the team take care of business and trust is earned.
It's going to take a good bit of work off of this team before the fans are relaxed and confident that the team can get through these tricky games.
Our numbers and support have been amazing and we deserve the good times to come!
Lot of work to be done, but that's known by all. Players still to come in as well.
+ First competitive game and we got the result.
+ Windass worked the hardest I've seen him play in the jersey
+ Middleton looks a find
+ Arfield good
+ Goldson looking fantastic
+ Flanagan looking solid even though it's not his natural position
+ 51,000 crowd
- Morelos again doing almost everything else right other than scoring.
- Little urgency to push forward fast in second half until Middleton came on
- Killer touch needs worked on
- Communication in the final third needs worked on.
People were expecting 6 or 7 on the prediction thread and the same people are disappointed tonight. Their dissatisfaction is their own fault, purely because they place unrealistic expectations on a game and are gutted when things are not perfect. We played a well drilled but limited side tonight who are into their domestic season already, who are ahead in fitness and who are not learning a whole new system.
Things were not great by any stretch but we did not look, at any single point, like we would concede, we did not look under any pressure and we did not look like we were at anything like full steam. We looked every inch the team that was trying to learn how to play a system that most are unfamiliar with. At our absolute worst tonight we were not looking like conceding and every negative is to do with how we convert chances and possession.
Watching that, I come away thinking it was far from great but the basics are there, we are solid at the back and zero improvement will see a whole load on 1-0 wins.
Again, anyone seriously worried after that is not someone who is capable of taking all the factors into consideration and therefore, not someone who anyone should really be listening to about football anyway.
Solid performance that had a huge amount of rough edges but that was clearly a step towards the goal rather than a side playing at the upper limit of their capabilities.
Amazing how even a team like that are really comfortable on the ball when we were the exact opposite, we still have a lot of players that won’t win us the title.
First competitive game I know but wasn’t impressed by that at all, especially middle to front.
all day long and there is only one way to change that.
we need more quality players.
expecting last years team, a few loan signings and a couple of good buys to challenge is not serious.
Nothing beats quality and that will cost
It wasn’t great, but it’s first game with a new team so hopefully will get better.
Work to be done though, I think both in the market and with the existing group. Don’t like two right footed players on the left. Tonight I think Declan John would have been a better option to attack a team who were always going to sit in.
Murphy I think should be behind the striker, again I’m never convinced by him on the left. Windass was awful and I think would be lucky to start Tuesday.
Candeias also either plays wide right or not at all for me, he does nothing for me in midfield.
Any money left should be spent on a playmaker in midfield, a left sided wide man, and another striker. Middleton and Ejaria done well when they came on, Middleton will need time but is a great option to throw on.
Finally if we got decent offers for Windass and Morelos I would now let them go.
It'll take time for the players to gel and get used to playing at Ibrox. Cut them some slack. That wasn't a bad team they were playing against either, they were comfortable on the ball and knew what they were doing. I think we'll score over there, they need to come out and attack us and we have the counter attack to hurt them.
I don’t think Arfield, Candeias and McCrorie is going to work behind a front 3 who can’t really make chances for themselves. If it’s 4-3-3 I’d go 2 holding with someone in behind the front 3. I don’t think we have that player yet though and hopefully he’s next on the list!
Morelos is maybe lean but still misses too many chances and looks like an easy target to try and get sent off. Hopefully we bring in someone who can be trusted to not pick up stupid bookings and score basic chances.
SG has some work to do for sure. Deja vu watching that second half. Poor finishing, giving away too many free kicks and making nothing out of the many corners we got. Individually the opposition players looked more skilful on the ball than we were at times. We put in a lot of hard work and deserved the win but needs a lot of polishing. Some cool heads required in the away leg.
Satisfactory performance like Gerrard said. But a clean sheet and two goal lead should mean they open up a bit more for us in the second leg. Seemed to be a lot of white shirts in the box when we were near it.
Middleton looks good. Hopefully he gets more game time
Bears, it might not have been pretty and SG will have food for thought, but the most important thing could be the nil. I know it might sound silly, but not conceding at home in Europe can be massive. The jobs only half done, however, and SG will know this, they have to be more open at their place now which will leave gaps. I would expect the team to be set up for quick counter attacking for the away tie.
So glad of that second goal. It wont be easy in Macedonia next week, but the 2nd gives us a bit more breathing space this year. First half we were decent without being outstanding. I can put that down to rustiness, but the second half was a shit show and too much like last year for my liking
Gerrard's first competitive game, the squads third game together (TNS and Bury prior to tonight), new starters in McGregor, Flanagan, Katić, Goldson, Arfield. Ejaria and Middleton getting game time.
Two goals a clean sheet, numerous chances created and missed - another day and it's 5, 6, 7...
It's the 12th of July, 9/10 new signings, first proper match, not match fit or sharp. Time to lower our expectations. At this stage we aren't going to be at our best - people expecting a Jurgen Klopp high and aggressive press for 90 minutes are kidding themselves.
Glaringly obvious what's needed; quality out wide and attack. Morelos, Windass, Murphy and Candeias are good squad players, I don't believe any of them are good enough to be starting every match.
It won't won't take Steven Gerrard long to work some of them out. Quality is required in vital areas of the park.
That midfield and attack was just not good enough and at times was like last year. Only when Middleton and Ejaria came on did we run at them.
I have lost all patience with Windass and Candieas. Don’t know how Tav was MOM I thought apart from the pen he was guilty of giving possession away and still making defensive mistakes.
Good news is defence looks solid and SG will now know how lacking the midfield and attack is.
I didn't want to be saying this at the end of the game ... but we need to convert more of our many chances into goals. Warburton's team, too wasteful in front of goal, Pedro's team, too wasteful in front of goal, Murty's team, too wasteful in front of goal. Don't let it be your team too Stevie G! It's only the first competitive match, so I'm not going to worry right away, but it's going to nag away in my mind.
There's probably going to be more options up front joining before the window shuts. Big Sadiq hasn't played yet. Hopefully we'll get lucky and finally get someone who is ruthless in front of goal.
Or it could just be we just need a few more games to settle down. But hopefully if it is, not too many more.
There are very few mugs competing these days. Teams are organised away from home. We take a 2-0 lead with us. The manager can now do some serious analysis having seen a competitive 90 minutes and has enough experience and nous to assess what’s now needed.
Let’s just look on the positive aspects and assume the manager will know how to improve on the negatives.
Sometimes you can learn more in a game like tonight’s than by thrashing some team which can often paper over the cracks.