“Rangers best player – 8” – Rangers rated v Newcastle

“Rangers best player – 8” – Rangers rated v Newcastle
Rangers' retiring goalkeeper Allan McGregor applauds the fans after the pre-season friendly football match between Rangers and Newcastle United at the Ibrox Stadium, in Glasgow, on July 18, 2023. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

It’s been a very long time since Ibrox Noise did some ratings, and while Allan McGregor’s testimonial v Newcastle was just a glorified friendly and about his career, nevertheless Rangers lined up hoping to do him proud with a decent result. We fell a little short, but Ibrox Noise will give the players a score anyway.


We’re not going to score him, aside giving his career 10. He deserves no less.


Played pretty much the same match he usually does – running a lot into the opposition half and leaving the back door open. In his defence, neither goal came down his side and he did offer width in attack. 6


Alert and sharp and strong, but in the first 45 completely hamstrung by the hideous Ben Davies, and was having to do two men’s work. He did the best he could. In the second half though he actually had a defender next to him and his game improved immeasurably. 7


As you’ll guess, he looked like he just doesn’t care, like he’s happy to pick up a great wage he doesn’t deserve. He’s too weak and doesn’t have the heart, and it doesn’t take a friendly to already know that. 4


A frail performance – bit of a surprise start, and like Davies, at 6s and 7s. He was exposed more than once and the first goal was on his side entirely. Didn’t offer a lot in attack 5


Leggy and slow, he didn’t have any impact and was absolutely chasing shadows in the Newcastle side – they are a different class to him and it showed. 5


Quiet from him, there wasn’t a lot of much to talk about from him. Tidy enough, but little impact. 5


Leaps and bounds Rangers’ best player, even when he did ‘overdo’ it and lost the ball – he was working, digging, passing, dribbling – one of the only players who actually looked like he’s on Newcastle’s kind of level. Believes in himself. 8


Mediocre, very insipid and lacked any significant threat. Not sure exactly where he was playing but at this point, looked a little lost. 5


Absolutely empty jersey, looked well short of a lot of things apart from one strong duel that he did win late on. Didn’t look much different to the kind of performance Matondo put in last season so we hope he improves. 4


A decent debut, Lammers showed some power and poise, and demonstrated his skill, while nabbing a good goal, he can be pleased at his impact. 7



Solid, reliable, and quick, Balogun made Rangers defence look something like a defence again. 6


He was done for pace at least once and was nowhere for the winning goal. He clearly needs a bit more time to regain the form of late last season. 5


Energy, power, pace – his trademarks, and the gasp of horror with his temporary injury showed how highly rated the boy is. 7

And we’ll stop there, with an honorary mention of the composed cameo for Yfeko who looked calm at the back.


Michael Beale will feel like there was some food for thought here – the usual players not delivering, while others are showing what they’re all about. This is the time for him to learn who wants to truly play for Rangers and who’s good enough. His subs helped a lot in this one, despite the scoreline. 6

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