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Gorkss has some holes to plug

PUBLISHED: 13:24 30 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:19 24 August 2010

By Dave McIntyre QPR will hope Kaspars Gorkss helps solve the defensive problems that have been evident during their trip to Scotland. Lapses at the back cost Rangers crucial points last season and there were worrying signs again in Tuesday s 1-0 defeat b

By Dave McIntyre

QPR will hope Kaspars Gorkss helps solve the defensive problems that have been evident during their trip to Scotland.

Lapses at the back cost Rangers crucial points last season and there were worrying signs again in Tuesday's 1-0 defeat by Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

After conceding a goal at a set-piece in Saturday's loss to Falkirk, Rangers were again caught napping when Manuel Pascali headed home from a 33rd-minute corner.

Gorkss featured as a second-half substitute after QPR received clearance to field the Latvian centre-back less than half an hour before kick-off.

His move from Blackpool is set to finally be rubber stamped later on Wednesday, with Daniel Nardiello on the verge of agreeing personal terms with the Seasiders.

Nardiello's is a separate transfer but is effectively an exchange because it appeared to placate Blackpool and nudge them towards releasing Gorkss after they had accused Rangers of an illegal approach to sign him.

The presence of Gorkss could make all the difference - he is an imposing figure in the air and his new team look like they need one.

Left-back Damien Delaney admitted: "That's two set-pieces we've been done by in Scotland and we know that's unacceptable.

"There's a lot of work to be done and I'm sure we'll speak about that a lot over the next few days.

"With the height we have at the back - Fitz Hall, Kaspars, Damion Stewart, myself and Peter Ramage are all good headers of the ball - we should be dealing with it.

"If a team cuts us open or shoots from 30 yards into the top corner then that's one thing, but conceding at set-pieces is unacceptable and the lads know that.

"Hopefully we'll now put that right. We've got another game on Saturday against Chievo and that's moving up another notch in terms of quality of opposition."

Patrick Agyemang missed two good chances for Rangers, who gave a debut to keeper Radek Cerny after he shook off a hamstring strain.

QPR: Cerny; Ramage, Hall (Gorkss 45), Stewart, Delaney; Ainsworth (Alberti 78), Mahon (Walton 76), Leigertwood (Bolder 61), Ledesma (Rose 83), Agyemang, Balanta.


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