Saturday, 16 March 2019

"Worst he's played in our shirt" - 2 - the worst and best rated v Kilmarnock


After yet another shocking result in what is currently turning into a pretty horrendous run of form, Ibrox Noise rates and slates the best and worst of today’s performers in Govan.

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McGregor:

Tried to bail his defence out at the goal, but got his timing all wrong. Otherwise not a save for the goalie to make. Surreal day from Rangers’ number one. 5

Tavernier:


His dry patch continues, but he didn’t lack for leadership – plenty of communication and while not the best captain, not the worst either. As for his performance – tried to get in plenty of crosses and none hit their mark, and was so embarrassingly caught napping for the goal as to be absurd. 4

Goldson:


This was the worst Goldson has played in our shirt. Horrific brain burp to let a clear corner go out despite 5 seconds to stop it, plus was a lucky lucky boy not to see red for an absolutely ridiculous swipe later on as effective last man/goalscoring chance. Oh, and totally out of position for the goal and just didn’t look like he could defend his honour never mind his goalkeeper. 2

Katic:

Soaked up all the aerial balls which came his way, and tried in earnest to get forward and support advanced areas. Was left exposed by both Goldson and Tavernier for the goal and is blameless for it – but couldn’t get close. Not the worst he’s played. 6

Halliday:

Ineffective like his team mates, Halliday gave the ball away from deep a few times with aimless lumps, and generally just not a bright day for him. 5

Kamara:

Another appalling cross-field pass nearly cost a goal again – for a ‘tidy’ player he makes big errors in big matches and while the rest of his game was steady enough, he certainly didn’t stand out. 5

Coulibaly:

A surprise return for the Malian, Coulibaly didn’t struggle nor did he excel. He was a link man in this and lacked any conviction. Role wasn’t his best, that’s for sure. 5

Davis:

We’ve slated this boy in recent weeks, only fair we praise him for his best display since coming back, which isn’t admittedly saying much. He tried hard to make things happen, and when he made mistakes he dug in to try to fix them. He was, by a distance, Rangers’ best player on a very bad day. 7

Candeias:

Barely noticeable – too busy running about with his puppy legs to actually have impact on the match. Rightly hauled at HT. 4

Kent:

His earlier form has deserted him and he’s starting to resemble that out of place Ryan Kent from the start of the season who makes bad decisions and has no real direction. One or two half decent runs but overall he’s toothless at the moment. 5

Morelos:

Superb run, turn, and smash for the goal, but that was his only contribution in a match starved of service. He was kicked even more than usual but gave it good back – managed to keep his frustration in check. 6

Subs:

Barisic:

In fairness to him, again, we’ve slated him badly recently, and while this display did not win us over, he did at least find his crossing again. Not so much the range, mind you, with every attempt over shooting, but at least he tried. We were also delighted to see some passion from him as he raged over an advantage that wasn’t given. 5

Grezda:

Did work hard, and with more confidence might have nailed a goal, but isn’t exactly looking the part and didn’t offer a hell of a lot more than the man he replaced in truth. 5

Defoe:

Desperate measures here – at least he got a shot away. 4

Steven Gerrard:

A bizarre team selection in many ways – he made some changes but not entirely good ones. The Davis switch vindicated him, but we can’t fathom Coulibaly starting over McCrorie. Katic just about justified his place, but if Gerrard wanted to shake things up, these weren’t the changes to do it. And we can’t help the feeling this team isn’t playing for him any more. It can’t beat Hibs, Killie, Aberdeen or almost anyone else these days of gravity, and while it was marginally better in the second half, it’s just all looking like it’s running on empty. Not great. 5

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