AHEAD of Saturday’s trip to Motherwell, Lee Wallace has again reiterated the need for Rangers to replicate their home form at away venues.
The Light Blues have won seven of their 11 home matches so far this season but just four of their 10 away ties, and Wallace is well aware an improvement of that latter statistic will see Gers reach their aims for the remainder of the campaign.
He explained: “We said going into the St Johnstone game we wanted to take our home form and performances on the road. While we have had a couple of good performances – with probably the Inverness performance being the best and it was an important victory that night too.
“We want to try and replicate our form whether it is home or away, grass or plastic pitch, during the day or at night. Whatever the weather, we want to try and get a continuity in our performances, and a consistency we probably haven’t quite found yet, and we have 17 league games to put that right and have a better second half to the season than we did the first.
“If we do that, we will be in a good place.”
The game with the Steelmen comes hot off the heels of their meeting in the Scottish Cup at Ibrox last Saturday where two late Kenny Miller strikes turned the game on its head and sent Gers through to a round five tie with Greenock Morton.
This weekend’s game comes at Fir Park, and Wallace discussed what aspects his side will look to do better in order to secure the first three points of 2017.
He explained: “We have had a look at it, and as we say after a good, bad or indifferent result, we will try to learn from it. I think Motherwell’s intentions were clear coming into the game – though that might change this week what with the game being on their home pitch – it’s tighter and they have their home support behind them.
“They may be a bit more adventurous, but at the weekend, that was how they set up and you can say it worked to a degree as they were limiting us to very few chances, and we definitely do need to be a bit more penetrative and perhaps pass the ball forward and be a bit more inventive.
“That has been the general consensus after watching the analysis. Knowing what to expect at the weekend, we will work hard for what will be a tough away fixture.”
Gers were boosted at the weekend by the start of new man Jon Toral while fellow January acquisition Emerson Hyndman came off the bench and set Miller up for his winning goal.
On the new men, Wallace added: “It’s really pleasing to see their contribution. I think in the small glimpses we had against Leipzig everyone could see what Jon was going to bring with a couple of his early touches in the middle of the park, and that told us what type of player he is going to be.
“He is working hard, is learning and asks good questions during the training sessions.
“Emerson came on at the weekend and brought a dynamism in that position and has had the great experience of working under Eddie Howe down at Bournemouth and the way they like to play.
“It has been a good transition from him and even just the details on his pass through to Kenny for the winner – the weight on the pass was superb, and that type of pass can be overlooked.
“It can be over-hit, and obviously Kenny is electric off the mark, but Emerson’s ball was first-class and again he trained really well on Monday.
“These guys are going to give us that lift and help in the second half of the season.”