Sunday, 19 August 2018

"Silly play", "Outstanding today" - who shone and who didn't for Rangers at Rugby Park?


After the latest triumphant display from our lads in blue, here’s some Ibrox Noise ratings for you to have a look at.

Wes Foderingham:

We’ve never been fans of this guy, being harsher than most – but guess what – he was outstanding today. One world class McGregor-esque save and a lot of good commanding, this was Wes raising his game in light of the number one in his place. Very, very good indeed 9/10

James Tavernier:

A little mixed – good going forward and wonderful assist for Morelos, but struggled a little with Jordan Jones defensively and was caught a few times in no-man’s land – also cost Rangers a goal indirectly with his silly play in the opposition half. Maybe not his best afternoon 6/10

Connor Goldson:

Shaky start on the plastic pitch, he was exposed once or twice – didn’t look happy at all on the surface, but grew into the match and got comfortable and dominant as it went on. Still a solid overall display, but definitely his worst. Which is high praise really 7/10

Nikola Katic:

This guy will run through lava for Rangers. Absolutely love his heart, attitude, and willingness to roll his sleeves up and do what it takes. A great display with plenty of desire 8/10

Borna Barisic:

Another who was a little hamstrung by the pitch, he didn’t get forward as much as we’ve seen before, and looked a little at 6s and 7s with the occasion – one or two poor passes. He was ok, but not great 6/10

Andy Halliday:

This guy is shutting everyone up. Except us, who told everyone else to back the guy. He had a great game again, solid in the middle, didn’t give the ball away and worked hard for his team. Really stepped up. 8/10

Ovie Ejaria:

He remains out of position but actually played quite well – seems to be adapting his game to the physical style his manager wants, and while we don’t get a lot of creativity from him, we do seem to get neat composed play in the middle. 7/10

Scott Arfield:

Another one we love, he just keeps on plugging away – a strong, experienced reliable campaigner, he uses the ball so well and always knows where others are and where he should be. A truly fantastic signing who’s maybe a little underrated even if Jones absolutely turned him for the goal. 8/10

Ryan Kent:

As the game stretched he started to get joy and looked dangerous – but he’d struggled earlier until then. Give him space he can do damage, but in tight congested areas he falters deeply. We still aren’t sure if we truly like this guy or not 7/10

Jamie Murphy:

A victim of the pitch, all we can say his potential season-ending injury is a sure sign artificial surfaces have to be banned.

Alfredo Morelos:

This lad is blooming under Stevie G. Killie just couldn’t handle him, and his hat trick was well deserved. Should have had four but for a scuffed finish and a non-goal. Absolutely brilliant and was so physical deeper on the park working for his team mates. Growing into a perfect striker and on this showing we have no hesitation in expecting £20M and not a penny less if we’re to sell 10/10

Subs:

Daniel Candeias:

Some fine crossing, great defending, and good pressing in the middle made his unexpected cameo a very fine outing. 8/10

Ross McCrorie:

A robust and simple display, wasn’t on for long but did the basics well 6/10

Umar Sadiq:

Didn’t look interested at all quite honestly – clearly hated the surface and it was like Bambi on Ice unfortunately. 3/10

Stevie G:

Guy can do no wrong at the moment. He selects Wes, Andy Halliday, Ovie Ejaria and has no Coulibaly, Jack, McGregor, Rossiter etc and the players who stepped in delivered as well as the first choices. The system is fluid, dynamic and is working wonderfully and he’s motivating the players to give him it all. We can’t find fault here… 10/10

Wow, we’re truly stunned by how well the SG era is going. Long may this continue.

NB - a number of readers seem appalled by our Tavernier rating. The reason for this score was we credited him with the assists (apparently we missed an 's'), but his defending was not good at all, and a revert back to the old Tavernier, out of position and constantly caught - plus a massive mistake led  to Killie's goal. Jones had him completely on toast the whole match. But if that's what the arguments are about now, we're in a much better place. Much rather everyone melts over the score of a player than boardroom piffle, manager credibility and financial peril.

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