“Not his shining evening -5” Rangers rated v Saints

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 03: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and St Johnstone at Ibrox Stadium on February 03, 2021 in Glasgow, 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. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers rather toiled to a 1-0 win v St Johnstone last night, a moment of brilliant from Ianis Hagi the difference in the end.

Ibrox Noise takes you through our scores for a slightly flat but hard-fought 3 points.

McGregor:

Called into action more than he’d have liked, and saved Filip Helander’s blushes. St J got through a few times and McGregor needed to be lively. 7

Tavernier:

Missed an open goal when a touch would do, and didn’t advance as much as we’d expect in the first half. Second half was brighter, but only one good cross the whole night left this as another of Tavernier’s ‘forgettable’ current matches. Was tactically defensive, deliberately. 6

Goldson:

Lot of the ball as always, and a few nice passes and reading of the game, it was a fairly simple evening for Goldson really. 7

Helander:

One shaky early moment aside, Helander was comfortable and put under little pressure. 7

Barisic:

Like Tavernier, didn’t get forward as much as we’d expect, and managed just one decent cross all night. In truth, neither FB has been sparkling recently. 6

Davis:

Another smooth display from Davis, he rarely wastes a ball. 7

Jack:

Rangers just look more centrally sturdy with Jack around – he reads the match like no one else in the SPL in his position. He always knows where to be. 8

Aribo:

A bright performance from Aribo, a lot of creativity and he showed a lot of power and resilience on the ball. A good night. 8

Kent:

Missed a ridiculous sitter that he brilliantly made, and just cannot score right now for love nor money, nabbing just two since September. Still gets a lot of the ball, and he keeps on working, but just isn’t looking that lively overall. 6

Hagi:

Very good performance from Hagi, comfortably motm and not just his goal. Was mobile, worked tirelessly and once again found himself being subbed when he was the best player on the pitch. 9

Roofe:

Dreadful night for Roofe, by a distance Rangers’ worst performer. Demonstrated he can’t play as a lone striker and Stevie got it wrong putting him in and not Itten. Roofe needs to use space and off-ball movement, and could do none of that in this position against this team. Also lucky to escape a red for a deeply reckless tackle. No doubt he’ll get a ban for that one retrospectively. 5

Steven Gerrard:

This was one to forget for Stevie – made a hash of the front line, removed his best player again, and persisted far too long with Roofe in the wrong slot when he was clearly struggling and on a yellow. End of the day we won, but underperforming FBs weren’t ideal either, and Kent seems to be immune to being subbed. This wasn’t his shining evening in truth. 5

3 COMMENTS

  1. We missed 3 sitters
    McGregor again what a save
    Some goal from prince Hagi
    And we missed the buff big time
    WATP🐂🇬🇧

  2. I think you covered it pretty well . Kent needs to get some time on the bench , he was woeful . I thought Roofe was lucky not to see red , but it was mistimed rather than vicious unlike what gets meated out to us . I too thought Itten should have started the game , Roofe would have been a better foil to him for this match . A win is a win but we were slack and a little complacency crept into the latter stages,. Onwards 55 .

  3. I’m just not getting the Hagi thing. He obviously made the telling contribution of the match with an excellent strike but over and above that I thought he was fairly poor. I’ve said before I think he has vision and talent with a good attitude but I just don’t think he’s suited to the Scottish game. He’s too slow and powderpuff and loses possession too often. Probably more suited to play as a 10 but even there I think we have better players for that position.
    If we were going to lose one of our players to a big money bid in the summer he’d be the one I would pick.

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