“An improvement – 7” – Rangers players rated in Perth

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“An improvement – 7” – Rangers players rated in Perth
Rabbi and Tav celebrate (Credit Rangers FC)

It would be a stretch to say Rangers bounced back from the Celtic loss, with a rather lethargic and unconvincing performance at McDiarmid, but three points were secured with a 0-2 win and that was needed.

Ibrox Noise offers you our ratings in Perth:

Butland:

Lucky not to give away a penalty after a pretty clear trip, but put in a bad position in the first place by Davies. Missed a few claims, looked a bit shaky, and didn’t make any major saves. Maybe not his most shining afternoon not helped by a loose defence. 5

Tavernier:

Exceptional assist for Danilo’s brilliant header, and offered a lot of running down the side. Got in plenty of crosses, and was decent at the back too, offering some clearances and tackles. Not the worst he’s ever played by a long way. 7

Goldson:

3 clearances were all he offered as a defender, not massively tested, but tidy with passing. Didn’t really do anything major wrong. 6

Davies:

One horrible and short-sighted pass to a pressured Jack Butland was one of his blots, and defensively he looked a little shaky, but this was classic Davies – innocuous, tidy enough, but lacking presence. Forgettable. 6

Ridvan:

Really wasn’t involved anywhere near enough, looked well off the pace, and got half the touches of any other defender. Did tackle a lot, but didn’t offer much width at all. This was a LB well off match fitness. Will need games to get up to speed. 5

Raskin:

Defensively he was able to get in some good work, and his passing was tidy as always, but the game did pass him by a little in the earlier stages and we didn’t see the same level of movement from him as he’s capable of. Improved a lot as the match wore on though. Possibly missing his usual foil in Cantwell. 7

Lundstram:

Another one whose good work often goes unnoticed, Lunny managed a fine 8 defensive contributions (more than anyone else) even if the odd pass went astray, and tried his luck with a shot or two as well. He did ok. 7

Lammers:

Extraordinarily poor. A few nice touches early on but faded aggressively as the match wore on and offered little. Touched the ball the fewest of any starter and his passing was weak. Tried what he could but he’s just well short of everything a Rangers forward needs. 5

Roofe:

Would have wanted to be more influential than he was, and again ‘robbed’ of another offside goal, a marginal call again. Had a couple of shots, both missing the target. 6

Lawrence:

Good assist for Matondo’s goal, Lawrence showed signs of intent in this one – miles off being fully fit, the potential is there, and if he can sustain his minutes, Rangers will have a player here. 7

Danilo:

Fantastic header from Tav’s cross but may have paid for his bravery with a nasty nasty injury. Taken off inside 20 minutes. 6

Subs:

Matondo:

Used properly, in the back-to-basics style Ibrox Noise suggested, and hey presto, Rangers score via him, Roofe and Lawrence. It’s not rocket science Michael. 8

Sima:

In fairness this was probably Sima’s best performance as a Rangers player – bad decision-making to take the shot when Lammers was free, but against the league’s bottom side Sima did look more menacing. 5 shots isn’t bad and he tried a tonne of dribbling. It wasn’t an ‘arrival’ performance but it was an improvement. 7

Manager:

Beale once again picked a weird XI and most fans were ‘disappointed’ by it – it just didn’t click, it was slow, ponderous, and sluggish against the bottom side (regardless of their display v horrendous ‘them’) and while Rangers got an earlyish goal, it wasn’t due to the system. It was just Tav crossing and a particularly good header from Danilo. After that it returned to the slow and cranky play. But then Beale went ‘back to basics’ and brought on Rabbi, and it did pick up somewhat. A patchy afternoon but 0-2 reads better than a draw or less. 6

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