“Off his best – 6” – Rangers player ratings at Fir Park

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MOTHERWELL, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 17: Cedric Itten of Rangers celebrates with teammate Leon Balogun after scoring their team's first goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Motherwell and Rangers at Fir Park on January 17, 2021 in Motherwell, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around Scotland 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. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

After two dropped points at a stubborn Motherwell, Ibrox Noise brings you our ratings for a rather forgettable afternoon at Fir Park.

McGregor:

Didn’t have much to do at all. Had to pick the ball out of the net, but otherwise a totally uneventful afternoon. 6

Tavernier:

Did put in a few crosses but another match that Tavernier isn’t looking quite his usual self in. He’s not hiding, in fairness, but he was, and is, definitely off his best. 6

Goldson:

One of the most familiar sights in the Gerrard era is Goldson on the ball in midfield looking for someone to pick a pass to. That was nearly constant in this one. Defensively caught out like the rest at the goal. 6

Balogun:

Didn’t look terribly assured in this one, potentially affected by a warm up injury. Caught out at the goal as well. 6

Barisic:

Superb assist for the goal, and peppered in as many crosses as he could. A reasonable afternoon for him. 7

Davis:

Had a tonne of the ball but was unable to make anything happen – his through pass for Morelos summed his afternoon up. Good ideas and worked pretty hard but little came off. 6

Kamara:

One to forget for the Finn. Not sure how he lasted the 90 minutes – passing was a mess, and he looked less than confident. Some questionable form creeping into his game the past few matches. 6

Aribo:

Completely blindsided by Cole for the goal, just like he was v Aberdeen. Bit more lazy this time though, and his fallacy here highlighted how badly we miss Ryan Jack. His play was flat, he could make little happen, and with a screaming chance at a shot he blazed wildly wide. Poor. 5

Kent:

After an excellent display at Pittodrie, sadly Kent didn’t show up today. He barely touched the ball at all in the first half hour, and while he got more involved in the second, he wasn’t able to make a single thing happen. 5

Hagi:

This is someone who did try a bit, who tried to get involved and roll his sleeves up. Unfortunate to be subbed. 6

Morelos:

Aside not scoring, this was actually a lively outing again for the Colombian. He’s been better, but he was definitely not Rangers’ worst offender today. He was ok. 7

Subs:

Itten:

The goalscorer – made a fine impact and will be wondering when he’ll get his chance at a run in the team. 7

Defoe:

A decent touch and shot and could have been the match winner. Registered Rangers’ only meaningful shot on target aside the goal. 6

Barker:

Had no time to impact and only got three touches of the ball. Literally did nothing with it. N/A

Steven Gerrard:

The manager put out the same team that delivered well v Aberdeen, but the same team didn’t show up. Lethargic, sideways passing will have the manager disappointed and frustrated, but his changes only went so far and he waited too long before throwing Defoe on. No idea why he added Barker to things. 6

2 COMMENTS

  1. You’re being extremely generous giving Kent and Aribo 5s for today. Kent had a shocker and the only surprise was he lasted 87 minutes. Is there a more frustrating player to watch than Aribo? I don’t rate him at all and he gets chance after chance to impress.

    What’s your thought on the management being slow to make substitutions? It’s something I’ve noticed and been critical of recently!

  2. Agree about how much we missed Jack today, but for me it was Kamara that was culpable at the goal not Aribo. We don’t lose that goal with Jacko in the side in my opinion. He’s smarter defensively than any of our midfielders and would have spotted the run that Kamara let’s waltz past him.

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