Saturday, 28 September 2019

"Masterclass - 9" - Rangers hero rises in ratings v Aberdeen



Rangers absolutely strolled it today v Aberdeen in perhaps the easiest win in living memory over a traditionally difficult opponent.

Ibrox Noise takes you through our scores for the XI.

McGregor:

Is there any point rating him? He had next-to-nothing to do and was seen reading Wuthering Heights at one point. N/A

Tavernier:


Ok, he scored a couple of decent penalties, but his crossing was hit and miss and he wasn’t much of an attacking threat as he’s normally capable of being. Not a bad outing and he did score those two penalties plus swing in a few useful corners, but we’ve seen better from him. 6

Goldson:

He did ok, but he didn’t have a lot to do really. Looked his usual complacent lazy self overall. 6

Katic:

Back in the side and the dropping seemed to have got to him like it did last year – nervous and shaky and never really got into the game. A few hiccups with Barisic which does lend credence to our theory from earlier. 5

Barisic:

For the second match running Rangers’ best defender and this time it was unequivocal on his own merits rather than the failings of others. Barisic defended very well, no one getting past him, and he finally starting getting advanced in terms of attacking – the crosses and corners are back at last, and his assist for Morelos’ superb header was borderline world class. Great performance. 8

Davis:

One reader (who will remain nameless to save their embarrassment) had the gall, audacity and arrogance to suggest Davis was Rangers’ worst player v Livi, despite clearly being the best. Well the NI international showed up even more so today, and ran the show from beginning to end in one of the finest displays he’s ever had in our shirt. We counted no misplaced passes, some sterling vision, great work off the ball and just a supreme all-round display. Masterclass. 9

Jack:

Worked hard, covered the grass, and supported the attack. Not as much defending because it frankly wasn’t needed. A good performance from Jack. 7

Arfield:

Says he’s in the best condition of his life but we have to say we’re not really seeing that. Was a little better with some useful passing and movement, but overall either he needs a rest physically or mentally. Still not quite at full speed. 6

Ojo:

Showed some electric pace but that was about it. Just doesn’t make the right decisions most of the time, and plays this game for himself. Hasn’t progressed much since he arrived and isn’t playing on merits of his form. 5

Morelos:

A total menace today, as usual, and keeps on developing his game as a rising star of the sport. He’s getting more confident, stronger, and reads the game better. He’s also learned a tonne from Defoe about movement. In short, every aspect of Morelos’ game is a big improvement over last season. And he scored. Excellent. 8

Stewart:

Stewart will never be Ronaldo, but he’s an honest player who has a bit of quality about him and will give what he has when he’s got a chance to. Did himself no justice in Fife, but made up for it at Ibrox with an enterprising and energetic display. Can be very happy with his mental sharpness to anticipate the rebound for his goal. 8

Manager:

Steven Gerrard surprised us all by reverting back to Niko Katic and bringing Stewart in from the cold. The Croat didn’t quite stand out, but Stewart can consider himself a valid squad option in the vein of Halliday. In terms of the system, it worked. He made a bizarre ‘error’ in bringing Defoe on alongside Morelos, which completely did not work, but corrected it quickly by removing Morelos to preserve him for Young Boys. A good afternoon’s work for Stevie, and much more like the kind of Rangers we saw in the split last season. 9
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