Return to last season’s form lifts Rangers doom and gloom after Celtic defeat, insists Steven Thompson

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STEVEN Thompson believes old side Rangers have lifted the doom and gloom from Ibrox by recapturing the form that lit up last season.

After their Betfred Cup semi-final defeat to Old Firm rivals Celtic and a sub-standard display in drawing 1-1 with St Johnstone in midweek, Mark Warburton’s side had come in for some criticism.

However, the Govan men hauled themselves up from fifth to second in the Premiership table with a convincing 3-0 victory over Kilmarnock at the weekend.

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And, after struggling at times this term since storming their way to promotion from the Championship in the summer, Thompson saw hints that the Light Blues were back to their best on Saturday.

He said: “It’s been an interesting week because, after losing the Old Firm game and then a poor performance in midweek against St Johnstone, there was doom and gloom.

“Days later, they are sitting second in the league and there’s a lot of positivity.

“That’s probably a performance that was most like last season’s performances – quick, attacking football; they had 24 efforts on goal.

“I think there is some positivity at Ibrox just now.”

CONSISTENCY

One notable bright spot for Rangers was the performance of attacker Michael O’Halloran, who made just his second league start of the season against Kilmarnock.

The lightning-quick January signing from St Johnstone showcased his pace and direct running in the victory and Thompson believes the 25-year-old will benefit from more time on the pitch.

The former Rangers striker added to BBC Scotland: “That’s the one thing he needs, is a run in the team to get consistency.

“When he was playing his best football with St Johnstone he was playing every single week. I think he needs a good run in the side.”

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