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Winger Brandon Barker scores on his home debut for Rangers. Picture: SNS.

Rangers are still living dangerously at Ibrox

There was an expectation Ibrox was where the upscaling of Rangers that was undertaken by Steven Gerrard over the summer would really bear fruit. Recent evidence suggests that some of the old issues may not have been entirely solved.

Morelos and Arribo celebrate at Ibrox.

Rangers 3 - 1 Livingston: Ryan Kent likely to be out for 'at least a few weeks'

Plenty that could go wrong did for Rangers yesterday. They lost Ryan Kent to a hamstring injury 41 minutes into his first appearance since his £7 million move from Liverpool. They lost the opening goal to an obdurate Livingston from the penalty spot early in the second period, and looked like they were losing their way in seeking to bounce back from their loss to Celtic.
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Celtic's 'Boli Bolingoli is eyeing a run in the Europa League. Picture: SNS

Early criticism of Celtic’s Boli Bolingoli smacked of parochialism

It is only a couple of weeks ago that Boli Bolingoli was being characterised as some sort of terrible Celtic misfit operating well beyond his football station. The recent displays of the £3m summer signing from Rapid Vienna have challenged that perception – not least his outstanding showing in a commanding derby success at Ibrox.

Liam Henderson could be lining up for Verona against AC Milan in Italy's Serie A. Picture: Getty.

Joe Jordan says Serie A can propel Liam Henderson to a Scotland cap

There is not a Verona encounter with AC Milan that wouldn’t draw the attention of Italophile Joe Jordan, who had a life-changing experiences there playing for both in the 1980s. There will be heaps of added intrigue for the storied Scotland striker when the pair meet tomorrow night, though, thanks to the presence of countryman Liam Henderson in the home line-up.

Odsonne Edouard has been in fine form for France U21. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Odsonne Edouard can be the next Moussa Dembele for Celtic

It would appear that Odsonne Edouard isn’t only a striker extraordinaire. It seems the 21-year-old Celtic attacker is also something of a hidden strategist. In the last week the Frenchman exported his club form on to the international arena with doubles in each of his opening two appearance for his country’s under-21 side.

David Marshall and Shaun Maloney, right, were team-mates at Scotland, Celtic and Hull but will be on opposite sides at Hampden, with Maloney on Belgium's coaching team. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS

Sheepish David Marshall on being a Scotland player for 15 years

Keeping company with Kenny Dalglish in the Scottish international domain would be expected to puff up a player. Instead, it leaves David Marshall feeling a little sheepish. In earning his 30th cap against Russia on Friday night, now the Wigan keeper boasts a longer Scotland career span than the iconic Dalglish. As it stands, only three players – Denis Law, Jim Leighton and 19th century keeper Ned Doig – have a wider time frame between their first and last cap than Marshall.

Scotland striker Oli McBurnie during a training session at Oriam. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS Group/SFA

Joe Jordan says Oli McBurnie can provide striking solution for Scotland

The central striker issue appears permanently vexing for Scotland. It might be difficult to believe that, because a record fee has been paid for one such international, but Steve Clarke could have an answer to who to play through the middle in attack when Russia and Belgium come to Hampden for a Euro 2020 double header over the next week.

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