Monday, 1 October 2018

"A horribly quiet match", "an honourable display" - who rated worst and best for Rangers v Livi?

Ok, this is a ratings we kind of don’t want to do, but we feel obliged. But yes, Ibrox Noise will now take our readers through a rogue’s gallery of yesterday’s performers.

Feel free to angrily spit your lunch at the screen in rage of disagreement.

Allan McGregor:

Easily his worst display since returning, he was actually beaten all ends up three times, but two were mercifully near misses. The nutmeg goal will kill him, and his kicking was pretty horrific too. 3

James Tavernier:

He did try, especially in the second half, but it was a flat display with few of his usually decent crosses. He didn’t seem to be much of a leader and there was basically no link up at all with Candeias. 4

Joe Worrall:

To be entirely honest it’s the ‘best’ he played, which isn’t saying much. Managed a few clearances but generally still looks lost and completely unconvincing. Was exposed a few times, not least for the goal, and his passing was unreliable at best. 4

Connor Goldson:

His first touch on the ball was to pass it to a Livi attacker and nearly cause a goal. About summed up his afternoon even if it wasn’t quite the horror show he had against Killie. Absolutely hates the artificial turf. 5

Borna Barisic:

Another match which really passed Borna by, his impact in games still isn’t gathering momentum and he looks like he’s still settling. He was absolutely done for the goal, and is starting to show that defending is a weakness he needs to work on. Managed few useful crosses. 4

Lassana Coulibaly:

A horribly quiet match from Lassana again, lacking the energy we used to see from him. Didn’t break much up nor join in enough. Rightly subbed off. 3

Ovie Ejaria:

Until he got marked out, Rangers’ best player by a mile. Tried so hard to make things happen, and showed effort, class, and a very nice touch indeed. His technical qualities were obvious, but once he had man on, his impact was dramatically halted. 7

Scott Arfield:

One or two very nice passes including a fine through ball, but he’ll be disappointed he wasn’t able to have more impact or rally the midfield more than he did. 5

Kyle Lafferty:

Sadly, harsh truth time: his second debut v Motherwell is the only match he’s actually shown up for since his return. We love the boy, he’s one of us, and he tries, but right now he’s offering absolutely nothing aside the goals. Which, we guess, is enough? Another non-show in this one. 3

Daniel Candeias:

Danny is on thin ice now. He’s produced one assist all season (a big one, true) and a goal v Saints but otherwise his impact has been utterly negligible. He needs a rest, a long one, to regroup – this was another flat display in which he appeared invisible. 2

Alfredo Morelos:

Another of his Hyde displays, in Morelos’ defence he didn’t live up to that word literally but it was the petted-lip-play-for-himself-fall-all-over-the-place kind of display which frustrates all but his most ardent fans. May have been affected by reports his shambles for Colombia has seen him axed for the next squad. But yeah, pretty awful. 2


Ryan Kent:

Our best player, by a mile, Ryan tried to make things tick and had more impact in his cameo than most of the rest did in 90 minutes. An honourable display and he’s growing on us this lad. 7

Glenn Middleton:

Didn’t have an ounce of impact and we won’t score him as we like him.

Steven Gerrard:

His worst 90 as Rangers manager, simple as that. Worse than the display at Celtic because Livi are nowhere near as good as Celtic (theoretically) but they had his number from start to finish. He didn’t do a single thing right in the whole 90 apart from bringing on Kent. One to forget and hopefully learn a LOT from. 1

Lick wounds. Learn. Move on.

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