Neil McCann has hailed Fashion Sakala as “brilliant” against Motherwell but wants Rangers captain James Tavernier to teach him some technique.
The Zambian entered the starting XI at Ibrox and duly got on the scoresheet with an excellent low finish after good work from Ryan Kent to put Rangers 2-0 up.
He continued to provide plenty of attacking intent and an ability to beat his man in the second half before being substituted, while captain Tavernier showed his usual ability on the ball, closing with an early curling shot before providing a perfect cross that John Lundstram heads wide.
Speaking at half-time during the televised Rangers game, BBC and Sky pundit McCann said: “I think Sakala was terrific. I know we make fun of him with his crossing style.
“I would love to see him run a bag of balls with James Tavernier to find out how to feather it and feel it because he breaks it sometimes.
“But I tell you, he was brilliant. His energy, his frankness in addressing people, it changes the whole back line of Motherwell.
Changes were expected after Thursday’s top result, given the frustrating performance in the 1-1 draw with Dundee United last week.
Only two switches were announced by Giovanni van Bronckhorst, of which Sakala was a part, in place of Ryan Jack.
And with Celtic drawing against Hibs earlier in the afternoon, there was a huge opportunity to reduce their lead at the top to just one point.
Despite his solid showing overall, the 24-year-old was taken off late for Kemar Roofe after Gers lost their two-goal lead.
Looking for a late winner, the manager didn’t think he could rely on the wide man, perhaps illustrating the room for improvement in his game.
He has undoubtedly contributed to some important moments so far this season but may still have a few more steps to take to reach the level of the more established members of the first XI.
In other Rangers news, the referee was involved in a ridiculous first-half streak that left commentators baffled.