Derek Ferguson worried about Rangers struggles during Dundee' set pieces
Rangers bagged a hard-fought win on the road on Saturday, with Joe Aribo’s first-half goal securing a 1-0 win over Dundee at Dens Park.
It ensured that the Scottish Premiership defending champions remained top of the league table, but the laborious victory would have given Steven Gerrard some concern.
The hosts wasted so many goalscoring opportunities, and the Bears struggled to deal with their set-pieces.
Former Rangers midfielder Derek Ferguson was not pleased seeing how his old side fail to cope with Dundee’s threats during the dead ball situations, and he believes it would be giving the manager headache
He said on BBC’s Sportsound (via their official website): “It must be a concern for Steven Gerrard that every time Dundee have delivered a set-piece into the box, Rangers have not dealt with it.”
Dundee’s missed penalty proved costly in the end, and they would have rued squandering the so many opportunities they had as the game was finely poised.
They constantly threatened Rangers from set-pieces, and Ryan Sweeney should have scored from a free-kick, but his header was weak and easily gathered by Jon McLaughlin.
The Light Blues goalie was the hero in the end despite taking Paul McMullan out when the Dundee man tried to go round him.
Jason Cummings opted to down the middle from the subsequent spot-kick and the ball cannoned off McLaughlin’s trailing legs.
The Rangers man was quick to gather the ball afterwards, and his save proved crucial.
It was nail-biting, and Gerrard would have wanted more from his side.
While they got the job done, they were lucky to leave with all three points as Dundee gave them a run for their money and at least deserved a draw.
The Bears have to improve significantly at both ends of the pitch, and they definitely need to learn how to deal with set-pieces.