Thursday, 26 September 2019

Rangers player ratings v Livi - we name a shock MOTM



Rangers last night cliched their place in the last four of the League Cup, but it wasn’t the smoothest 90-minute journey to get there.

Ibrox Noise brings you ratings from a predictably tough night in Livingston:

McGregor:

Called into a few saves and was seen berating his defenders several times. Showed leadership and reading of the game which was vital on the night. 8

Tavernier:

Managed some decent early crosses but otherwise was very much off colour – defensively hopeless, caught out of position dozens of times, and wasn’t particularly on the money in attack. A bit lacklustre. 5

Goldson:


Form is going from average to bad – this was a tough night for Goldson – guilty of giving the ball away too many times, and didn’t look at ease against the formidable Dykes. 4

Helander:


‘Elmander’ had a complete nightmare – should have been sent off, was all over the place, and looked awkward, slow, and couldn’t seem to read the game’s flow. Truly terrible. 3

Barisic:

Actually had a solid enough match – Rangers’ best defender although this wasn’t saying much on the night – and the crowd appreciated him with their repeated chants. 6

Kamara:


Another reasonable showing from the Fin – seems to be slightly improving after a horrendous start to the season. Showing a bit more gusto and making less errors. Also seems to be enjoying a licence to roam forward more, as we suggested he should in a previous entry. Scored the winning goal. 7

Aribo:


Vicious injury but hadn’t made much impression by this point anyway. And can’t help the feeling his removal actually strengthened the side. N/A

Jack:


Worked hard, and recovered from a head knock to do his usual grafting and harrying in midfield. Covered most inches of… plastic. 7

Ojo:


Horrible night from Ojo – one or two decent runs, yes, but mostly appalling decision making and playing for himself. Rotten. 3

Arfield:


One or two very nice passes and a well-timed run or two into the box aside, a subdued performance from a man we feel is running on empty. 5

Morelos:

Wasn’t able to get into this one much – well shackled. Had no major chances to speak of. 5

Subs:

Davis:

By a mountain of distance the best outfield player on the pitch aside Dykes, Davis pulled the strings and made everything happen for Rangers. He looked quick in mind and body and did amazingly to get that up to speed from a sub position. What a pro. 8

King:


We continue to be lost as to why we signed this guy. What even is the point of him? N/A

Fans:

Yes, in a new feature, we wanted to name the true MOTM aside Davis – the 12th supporter that was the fans last night. They were magnificent – it was like a home match, and the away fans did the club proud with constant chanting and noise, and unless we’re deaf, not a single naughty song in there. 10

Manager:


Steven Gerrard named a strong team for this one, but he’ll not be happy with how they performed. Too few were up for it, and the defence especially was utterly dire. The team selection surely wasn’t entirely at fault on this one – and for his part we can’t fault the manager too much. He’ll just be glad the side got over the line. 7
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