Rangers lose leverage over Celtic in draw with Livingston

Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC. (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images)
Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC. (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images) /

Rangers FC remain undefeated, but dropped two crucial points against Livingston.

Rangers FC are still undefeated, but their winning percentage no longer stands at 100% after drawing 0-0 with Livingston earlier today.

Steven Gerrard’s men dominated the game with 79% possession and 23 chances, but the key statistic is that only three shots were on target.

Rangers were sound defensively as they maintained yet another clean sheet, but the lack of creativity in midfield and in the final third was shocking.

Ryan Kent, Borna Barisic, and James Tavernier were the top performers for the Gers as they did everything they could to set up meaningful chances, but the others around them were mediocre, at best.

It was clear that the team missed Joe Aribo in a big way, but Gerrard knows his side cannot depend on one player to make things happen, especially if they aim to be legitimate title contenders.

With Celtic currently serving a two-game suspension, which will keep them off the pitch until August 22nd, Rangers could have utilized this game to go eight points clear of their rivals.

Instead, today’s 0-0 draw against Livingston only gives the Bears a six-point cushion in such a critical season.

New boys Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten got some game time in the second half, but their impact on the front line was minimal. It will take them some time to adapt to Scottish football, but they did have some clear looks at goal which they should have taken better.

A point is a point at the end of the day, but the performance was unacceptable. Rangers should have scored multiple goals to take three massive points and increase their goal difference.

As fans we can only hope that Gerrard will get the best out of his men next weekend when they host Kilmarnock at Ibrox.

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