Rangers Midfielder Jason Holt might just have re-ignited Rangers season, who ran out comfortable 5-0 victors over Queen of The South In The League Cup on Tuesday night at Ibrox.
Holt, a former prodigal son of Heart of Midlothian was signed alongside Hearts’ Captain Danny Wilson in 2015/16 and whom were the essential spine of a Hearts team did a ‘Leceister City’ back in 2014/15, by pipping Rangers and Hibs to the Championship title.
Danny Wilson wearing the Captains armband with Hearts (Left), with team-mate Jason Holt (Right). Both would eventually sign for Rangers.
When South African businessman Dave King as CEO to the Rangers board, he only really had one transfer list in hand. Sign the Hearts players that could win promotion.
Rangers CEO and Majority Shareholder Dave King (Right) next to
former Manager Ally McCoist (Left).
The combination of Holt as a deep lying box to box midfielder, capable of transitioning from defence to attack in tandem with a ball playing Centre Halve – Danny Wilson was everything great about the Rangers team which won promotion the season after Hearts in 2015/16.
So when Rangers finally took the route one decision to remove Joey Barton from the team, or rather, he took the decision to fight with Andy Halliday during training, this couldn’t have been better news for a side who had not won their past 3 league games.
Manager Mark Warburton has largely enjoyed a honeymoon spell at Rangers since taking over 2015, and had made string of signings from the English lower leagues who were players that were young, hungry and eager to prove something when they arrived at Rangers.
Enter Joey Barton, Niko Krancjar, Phillipe Senderos and Clint Hill – in no particular order, the signings made during the 2016 summer transfer window have been nowhere short of a mental aberration. That’s right, bring in the lads who almost broke Derby Counties points record for a relegated team in The EPL.
So when Rangers stepped onto Ibrox last night against a team that they comfortably rolled last season, you could sense the pressure inside the stadium, and well before the game kicked-off as well.
The Ibrox side finished the game 5-0 with a second-half hat-trick coming the reliable boot of Englishman Martyn Waghorn – And he will rightly grab the headlines.
But it was the crucial first goal from Holt which relieved all the underlying pressure for boss Mark Warburton. The Rangers boss desperately needed this win, and as soon as Holt had a few touches of the ball. It was back to the Rangers of last year. Patient, relaxed and dangerous. It was the Rangers that could score with every move touch of the ball. (QoS, First in Scottish Championship).
Holt gets the ball rolling for Rangers with the first of five goals against Championship side, Queen of the South. 5-0 F/T.
Now Manager Mark Warburton has some decisions to make. For a side struggling to beat the likes of Dundee, Kilmarnock home and away, and coming off a 5-1 thumping at the hands of Celtic in the Old Firm derby and succumbing to defeat at Aberdeen for the first time since 2009, a man once touted as the next England manager will need to call upon his old guard once more if the Manager does decide a title charge is still on this season.
**Originally published as “Holts Introduction at Ibrox a Defining Moment For Rangers” 23rd September 2016, following Rangers League Cup win over Queen of the South.