The performance on Monday wasn’t great. We all know that.
But it got us a point and considering that the Ibrox club had to win, a point was actually a pretty good result.
Our excellent form up until now shows no signs of stalling. We don’t look as if we’re going to lose games. But aside from refs one other thing could bring us down; lack of concentration.
The most obvious example of this is Joe Hart. What in God’s name goes through that man’s mind at times on the pitch? His error, which almost allowed Morelos to capitalise, was awful beyond mere words.
All of us watching it were aghast, but not surprised because he had a tendency towards this and it’s painful to watch at times.
Yes, the manager wants the game played a certain way, but does that not mean that it should be done with so little thought.
Where is his common sense? Some of the stupid passes he attempts out of his own area are obviously dangerous and this was one of them. We could all see the dreadful possibilities, so why couldn’t he?
The same decision making errors are obvious with other players as well.
Wingers who linger too long on the ball, and lose it and expose us to counter attacks as most of our players are in the opposition half. Defenders who won’t just do the simple thing at times and try and “play their way out of trouble” when actually it just gets them deeper in.
We don’t make these mistakes often, but they are so basic and yet so potentially costly that they stand out a mile when we do. The St Mirren game – which is the only one that we’ve lost – was characterised by errors like that.
If we’re going to lose games in the league it will not be because we came up against some opponent who dazzled us with their own brilliance. It will be because of basic mistakes in our own house, errors which we’ll probably look back on as utterly needless, products of laziness or momentary lapses in concentration.
Ange will know that. Hart, in particular, needs to learn it and he needs to learn it a lot quicker and a lot better than he has previous lessons of the same sort. It’s not enough for the guy to write this off as a minor matter because it might not have been, and if Morelos had put the ball in the net it most certainly would not have been remembered that way.