4 for Barisic but a 9 for Aribo – Rangers players rated v Hearts

4 for Barisic but a 9 for Aribo – Rangers players rated v Hearts
Gio instructs from the side (Credit Rangers FC)

You’ve been complaining about no ratings for a while, so Ibrox Noise’s Scott takes the reins for you today!

Allan McGregor – 8/10

Rangers pulled out an impressive clean sheet against an on-form Hearts side, and McGregor was certainly key to this. Hearts managed 8 shots on target over the course of the game, however Allan was quick to respond to threats on his goal, notably denying Boyce (Hearts) with a great save from a chipped effort. McGregor remained on the ball throughout the second half, earning himself an impressive eight out of ten.

Tavernier – 5/10

Despite the persistent heroics of McGregor to keep the clean sheet intact, the defensive display of Rangers was not very secure and Tavernier’s somewhat mediocre showing certainly fuelled this. With extremely loud calls for Nathan Patterson to be taking the right back spot in the team, Tavernier is often under a microscope, and it was clear that his performance allowed Hearts a lot of joy down the wing. This results in the captain earning a 5/10.

Goldson – 8/10

While Hearts did have a lot of attacking opportunities and would have perhaps felt disappointed they didn’t put the ball into the back of the net, Connor Goldson did stand out amongst the defence with a very impressive performance. It was a defensively important display from the vice-captain, cutting out Hearts from many gilt-edged opportunities to drag themselves back into the contest. Goldson also left many impressed with an absolutely mesmerising long through ball to Joe Aribo to set up the second goal of the afternoon. The vision of Goldson to spot the run was impressive enough, but the delivery itself was sublimely weighted to land for the oncoming Joe Aribo, who finished brilliantly. This capped off a good showing from the English centre back, earning himself an eight out of ten.

Bassey – 5/10

While Bassey has very impressively slotted into the centre back role for Rangers since the arrival of Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, amidst the absence of Filip Helander, his performance in the match unfortunately did reflect a player playing out of his position. The positioning of the young defender resembled that of a fish out of water at times, and was often caught sleeping at the back by the dangerous Hearts attack. Bassey was seen to be let off the hook a number of times by the impressive work of his defensive partner Connor Goldson, and additionally a lack of clinical finishing from the opposition, finalising Bassey’s performance against Hearts as a five out of ten showing.

Barisic – 4/10

The arrival of Giovanni Van Bronckhorst has certainly had a lift on the entire squad, evident from the positive results since the gaffer took charge, and Barisic especially was looking like a player reborn after a poor start to the season. However, the Croatian international’s performance against Hearts did not reflect this, and Borna unfortunately comes out with the poorest rating of the day. Persistently being found out down the left, with a frustrating inability to prevent a cross being delivered into the danger area, Hearts really should have scored today and the display of Barisic didn’t do Rangers any favours. As mentioned, Barisic has raised his game under the reign of the new manager, but just couldn’t raise his game for Tynecastle, earning him a poor four out of ten.

Kamara – 6/10

Glen Kamara registered a perfectly satisfactory performance against Hearts. With the Finnish midfielder quick on his feet to clean up in the midfield, and continually keeping a cool head in what was a very chaotic game of football, there are not many complaints regarding Kamara’s shift on the day. Quietly getting his job done and appearing eager and urgent throughout the match, Kamara earns himself a respectable six out of ten.

Arfield – 6/10

Scott Arfield earned a start due to his impressive form of late, and played out an adequate showing against Hearts. With the midfielder getting forward well in trademark fashion, the Scottish-born Canadian international did have the ball in the back of the net in similar chipped style to his goal at Livingston, however this time was ruled offside. Scott was a persistent threat to the hosts, and only loses out on a higher rating due to a slight lack in cutting edge, notably missing a glorious opportunity from close range to make it 0-3 following good work from Alfredo Morelos.

Aribo – 9/10

There has been a lot of talk this season on the consistency of the fantastic form of Joe Aribo, and the Nigerian midfielder again turned on the style with a great display in Edinburgh. Aribo gave Hearts hell over the course of the match, and remarkably was still back to do his bit for the defence, doing well to cut out danger a few times for Rangers. The centrepiece of Aribo’s performance was of course his goal. Perfectly controlling the pass from Goldson, and slotting a perfect finish past Craig Gordon (Hearts), Aribo added yet another goal to his tally for the season, and gave Rangers a crucial grip on proceedings. This great performance earned Joe Aribo a solid 9/10, giving him the highest rating on the day.

Fashion Jr – 7/10

The Zambian found a place in the starting XI in what looked like a very attacking game plan from Van Bronckhorst, and certainly made a good account of himself with a good performance at Tynecastle. The cunning work of Sakala at the back post to beat a defender and assist Alfredo Morelos was absolutely crucial to the opening goal of the match, and Fashion Jr was persistently being a thorn in the side of Robbie Nielson’s men down on the right. Fashion could only be critiqued for some moments of slightly sloppy play, giving away possession needlessly at times. However, this negative is massively outweighed by the typically high-tempo performance of the Zambian, with an impressive seven out of ten being the award for Sakala.

Ryan Kent – 7/10

The aforementioned boost that Giovanni has given his players since his arrival has certainly rubbed off on Ryan Kent, and the performance of the English winger summed that up perfectly. Following a slow start to the season, Rangers fans were desperate for Kent to return to being the player they know he can be, and he turned in that level of performance today with a skilful and dangerous display. Kent was quick on the ball and floated many threatening passes into the box, one notably which landed for Fashion Jr, which allowed him to set up the opening goal. Rangers fans will hope that Kent can continue to tear teams apart, as his performance earned him a very respectable seven out of ten.

Alfredo Morelos – 7/10

Alfredo Morelos has a great goal-scoring record against the Edinburgh side and he showed that again today. Morelos registered a very good performance for Rangers, being the man in the right place to slot away a very good finish into the bottom corner to give Rangers the lead early in the day. Morelos seemed to be everywhere, linking up well with all the teammates around him to cause Hearts a lot of problems. With Morelos sometimes critiqued for his effort levels, it would be hard to say that Morelos’ display was anything less than powerfully energetic, with the Columbian charging around and even working very hard to create a wonderful chance for Scott Arfield, which as earlier mentioned, was passed up. Alfredo stood up to be counted once again for Giovanni, earning a confident seven out of ten.


Wright – 5/10

Morelos made way for the Scottish winger on the 72nd minute, giving Wright around 20 minutes with additional time being taken into consideration to try put his mark on the match. Wright opened the scoring away to Lyon during the week, and fans were hoping he could potentially repeat the goal-scoring feat. Unfortunately for Wright, he failed to grab the game by the scruff of the neck, and seemed to vanish into the match. While Wright was not on long enough for his performance to be considered notably poor, his mediocre showing earns him a 5/10.

Lundstram – N/A

With Lundstram being introduced to the game in the closing stages, replacing Fashion Jr as a more defensive option to see the game out, the English midfielder did not have enough time to be suitably given a rating, and is therefore declared N/A.

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  1. If you could describe one word tht Geo has brung to the team what would it be ? I would say firstly resilience.

  2. Also i comment a lot on here abt how rubbish Goldson has been lol, but today he was good i’ll admit. I still think we should let him go and get someone it who wants to be here.

  3. A much better performance today in spells though we are still giving far too much encouragement to our opponents, especially at set pieces. If we can continue with our gradual improvement we will soon be untouchable but I wonder how much damage will be done before then.

  4. I’m a glass half full guy ok. Today had flashes of real quality on a different level to the tesy of the SPFL . However there was lapses of poor defending from experienced players Tav Barasic , still not convinced with Bassey at CH. . Rangers look a better unit with much better shape . We also look like there is a plan and a change if required. That is totally an upgrade from SG/MB. I also like the movement and connection using Aribo /Arfield to move and swap sides with Kamara as the pivot. Morelos looks renergised . Onwards 56

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