McLeish on brink as Rangers hit all-time low
Perception can often very quickly become reality. The current Rangers side, which has lumbered from crisis to crisis in the SPL this season, is believed by many to be the worst for more than two decades. Whereas that belief previously remained outside the Ibrox dressing room, for 45 minutes yesterday the Rangers players seemed immersed in their own bad press.
Supporters began the afternoon by deciding upon an impromptu round of applause Baby Prada Shoes Uk as a replacement for a minute’s silence to honour George Best. Best was a player with Hibs between 1979 and 1980 and the great man himself would have been highly impressed Baby Prada Shoes Uk by the performance of another Ulsterman, Ivan Authentic Prada AgathaRuiz Dela Prada Online Store Handbags For Cheap Sproule, who teased and tormented the Rangers defence during a pulsating opening half from the home side.
Derek Riordan and Garry O’Connor appeared to give Tony Mowbray’s side an unassailable advantage in the first half, during which Rangers were as bad, if not worse, than they have been at any stage during this miserable season for Alex McLeish and his players.
But Barry Ferguson’s 58th-minute goal, which was deflected off the unfortunate Gary Caldwell, handed Rangers a chance of altering at least some of that common perception, by proving the existence of fighting spirit. Hamed Namouchi blazed a late hope of salvation over the top of an empty net, as Hibs moved to Apertura Outlet Prada Montevarchi within three points of their city rivals, Hearts, and four of Celtic at the SPL’s summit. Perhaps more significantly, they are also 11 points clear of yesterday’s opponents.
“We got battered in the first half,” admitted a weary McLeish. “That was the best any team has played against us all season in the opening 45 minutes. But we were also guilty of a slow start, and giving the ball away in our last third seems to be a smart thing to do at the moment.
“Things haven’t reached the point Authentic Prada Handbags For Cheap of no return, anything is possible. If a new coach was to come in, he would still be without eight players. There is no magic wand.”
Rangers have now gone eight competitive games without a victory for the first time in their history, and McLeish is clinging to his job by a thread. Wednesday’s draw in Porto is thought to have offered him a short stay of execution , but the club’s chairman, David Murray, will not persevere much longer with a manager who has presided over a series of domestic disappointments. McLeish Amazon Uk Prada Shoes will leave when another man is in place to take over, and in a perverse way, Wednesday’s result, which guarantees European football into the new year, may have made his position more attractive, and lucrative, for an incoming manager. Hopes of retaining the SPL are all but written off, but that was the case even before yesterday’s defeat.
Riordan opened Are Prada Nylon Bags Worth The Money the scoring with a crisp finish from close range, after Sproule had laid the ball in his path with a cross-cum-shot from the left flank. Hibs’ second goal came when O’Connor benefited from Riordan’s fine build-up play and a static Rangers defence to fire past Ronald Waterreus. Ferguson’s goal should have set up a rousing last half hour, but Hibs never looked like conceding an equaliser.
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Man of the match: Gary Caldwell (Hibernian)