There are few certainties in football, but put Jamie Mackie on a pitch and you’re certain to get a performance brimming with effort – albeit with varying degrees of quality of outcome.
Mackie is unquestionably one of the more reliable members of the squad in terms of application and at times that influence has been underused on the pitch.
When he has been utilised however, the level of quality just isn’t there to see him maintain a persistent charge for either a centre forward or a wide-man.
It is a frustration considering the sheers levels of effort expended by Mackie, that he cannot hold down a first team place, or indeed do what’s necessary to keep him in the frame.
He could prove very useful once more in the Championship, where previously he lit the touch paper for a memorable season the last time Rangers were down there.
1. Rob Green
2. Samba Diakité
3. Armand Traoré
4. Shaun Derry
5. Anton Ferdinand
5. Christopher Samba
6. Clint Hill
7. Park Ji Sung
9. Djibril Cissé
10. Adel Taarabt
11. Shaun Wright-Phillips
Player Rating – 12. Jamie Mackie