“Off the boil – 6”, “Bang in form – 8” – Rangers ratings from Rugby Park

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KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 01: James Tavernier of Rangers celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on November 01, 2020 in Kilmarnock, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
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A critical win today secured at Rugby Park as Rangers soar into a mammoth 9-point gap at the top of the table.

Ibrox Noise brings you our ratings for a tough one in Ayrshire:

McGregor:

This was the most we’ve seen him do in ages. Killie got quite a few shots in, and our number one, while not pressed the hardest he’ll ever be, actually had saves to make. Solid. 7

Tavernier:

Outstanding first half in attack (some fine crossing), with some fine defending, and scored the winning goal. Retreated to a mostly defensive position in the second and stopped providing the width in a deliberate tactical shift by Stevie. 8

Goldson:

Composed, error free, and is looking bang in form. Had some clearances to make as always, but did it all smoothly. 8

Helander:

Was done once or twice – clearly hates this surface and doesn’t do well on it. Did enough and got some blocks in but he really doesn’t like the plastic. 7

Barisic:

Same as Tav – attacking all the way with good defending in the first half, and then retreated defensively in the second half and stuck to his own area. Attempted a lot of crosses (nearly 20) in the first half but just three got there. 7

Jack:

Best he’s been in a long time – used the ball well, intercepted and read, and thrived on the more defensive position he adopted in this adapted system. He’ll be happy with this one. 8

Arfield:

Played box to box – covered so much grass, and was hard working up front as well as helping out defensively. Didn’t give the ball away much and was there for team mates all the time. Slightly reduced as a link man due to his deeper position, but returned to that once Davis came on. 8

Aribo:

Some of his usual classy touches, and perhaps should have scored. Still regaining fitness but the quality is there. 7

Itten:

Bright first 10 minutes, faded a lot in the first half, but then the second half tactical change saw him more involved and he managed a cross or two. Wasted out wide but he did his best. 7

Kent:

He’s definitely off the boil, something we called weeks ago. He’s not been effective for a long time and looks low on confidence, but he doesn’t stop trying. Maybe the transfer stuff has distracted him. 6

Morelos:

He’s just not effective in general as a striker these days, but as a utility mischief man in the last third he does a job. He wins fouls and he drags defenders around while bringing others in. But in the box he’s a bit flat now and looks jaded. 7

Stevie G:

Gerrard completely changed the system for this one, twice, and it worked – we knew this wasn’t going to be a classy polished display, but it was a critical test of title credentials. Fair play to Killie, they gave us a bigger test than many have, but it’s another clean sheet and another 3 points, and while the setup wasn’t traditional, ultimately it worked. 8

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  1. It was very frustrating to watch as we had good chances to bury Kilmarnock quite easily . Yes we all hate plastic pitches they have no place at this level , but had we dropped points here it would have been a poor way to do so. Some good performances and good to haves real depth in the squad. Kent as you say needs to be rested . Onwards 55

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