Sunday, 25 November 2018

"Should be first choice" - v Livi player ratings from Ibrox

The morning after the match before, and following another hard-fought but ultimately valuable three points, we have some of your favourite Ibrox Noise player ratings for you.

So, without further ado:

Allan McGregor:

Wasn’t really pushed into a lot of serious work, but did make one reasonable stop from Jacobs on 78 minutes to keep it 1-0. 6

James Tavernier:

Early on he managed a lot of overlapping runs and his speed of thought to get Candeias in as well was impressive, but overall a quiet match from the captain and a lack of good crosses. 6

Gareth McAuley:

Strolled through his full debut, and looked like he’d win everything aerially all day. Hasn’t yet got a feasible partnership, but hopefully that’ll come in time, but for his own part was assured. 7

Connor Goldson:

Like McAuley not individually tested extensively, which is handy as his little layoff seemed to leave some rust on him. Didn’t seem quite up to speed. 6

Andy Halliday:

Not a great outing from Halliday, who struggled for position and created hisharmony among the defensive unit, as well as playing opponents onside. Offered a limited amount going forward and showed ultimately why he really isn't a left back. 5

Ryan Jack:

Showing again why he should be the first choice DM without any doubt – strong, robust, good with the ball and took no prisoners, he’s the pick of a very strong bunch at Ibrox right now. 8

Scott Arfield:

Goal aside a pretty subdued display – didn’t burst into the box as much as he did v Motherwell and his central work was less noticeable, but it’s good that he’s continuing to score. 6

Ovie Ejaria:

Continues to be neat on the ball, and works hard, while showing strength and composure. Developing more as a central midfielder than an attacking influence, and while he faded a bit he justified his position enough. 7

Glenn Middleton:

A decent outing for young Glenn – shows some signs of developing (refused to give a cheap foul at the corner and forced Livi into an error) but simply running blind at opponents isn’t perhaps the best strategy long term. Will need to mix it up more as he grows or he’ll get predictable. 7

Daniel Candeias:

Nothing showy from Candy but his pace was a weapon in the middle. Got Rangers into the lead with a rare header and can be very happy with his work. 7

Kyle Lafferty:

Struggled badly from the offset – his first action was to lose the ball. Tried far too hard, and lacked any kind of polish. Obviously he needs games but this was especially poor from him. 4


Alfredo Morelos:

Without saying he changed the game (we were already a goal to the good) he freshened the team up, and showed just how important he is. His goal was stunning, his assist showed his team ethic, and he just gave Rangers a completely different dimension. An excellent cameo. 9

Steven Gerrard:

We’ll discuss his team selection in another piece, but generally he can be fairly content with what his lads did. It wasn’t always pretty, but Rangers were the better side generally and he was right to remove Lafferty for Morelos. Despite a few arguments about the display, and the personnel, his team won 3-0 and got the vital points against a notoriously tough opponent. 7


  1. Will get the best out of Lafferty in a twin striker role as for Ejaria I thought the midfield was much better when he was replaced by Coulibally Ejaria wants too much time on the ball and does not supply telling passes

  2. Pretty much agree except I didn't think Ejaria got involved enough. The game passed him by in the main. No way would he get 7. Also Lafferty wasn't bad in the first half although he drifted out completely in the second. Would have given him 5.

  3. We should never have signed Lafferty, he only came to Rangers for a final payday.

  4. Maybe us Bears are hard to please but if in the close season we would have SG on the airlines as manager, 2nd in the SPFL, and on the cusp of knockout place in Europa league...well we would be dreaming somewhat in the Four Men scenario let's go but with patience WATP


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