“Exceptional – 10” Rangers players rated at Hibs

“Exceptional – 10” Rangers players rated at Hibs
Rangers manager Philippe Clement at Easter Road (Credit Rangers FC)

Making a return (for now) by popular demand, Ibrox Noise offers some ratings on what was ultimately a very comfortable night for Rangers and clear evidence Philippe Clement has cracked the club’s infamous new year hoodoo.

The numbers for the players are as follows:


Made a big save at 2 minutes then another later more crucial one, which may have altered the course of this one. Butland has made quite a few game-winning saves, and he was guilty of a few at Easter Road. One bad kick out was about his only blot. Strong evening. 8


A pretty quiet evening in terms of effectiveness from the captain, his crossing was rather poor but he retained the ball well and had more possession than anyone else on the pitch. However he was exposed a few times when high up the pitch and didn’t link back with defence enough. 6


Defensively not helped at all by Tavernier, and was a bit shaky in the first half – the partnership with Balogun was very rough, lack of comms in there as well and they were both left exposed several times. But he did grow into this match and by the second half was comfortable enough. 7


We thought this was another injury, thankfully he was ok – did all the defensive work pretty much on his own, but was left isolated by Souttar a few times – a lot of this was down to Tav being so high up and Hibs enjoyed some joy through the middle. No one did more defensively than Balogun and his passing was statistically the best on the pitch. 8


Excellent play from the Turk – belting opening goal and offered a lot of width on the left. Incredibly hard work from the ex-Besiktas man and he showed a tonne of fight against Maolida getting the best of the Frenchman a few times. He was great. 9


Despite how good Ridvan was, Lunny was the best on the pitch. Stunning assist for the LB, and bossed the whole game through the middle. Exceptional. 10


He was ordinary. Still nowhere near the form of last season, Raskin has been mediocre ever since he announced Rangers were a ‘stepping stone’ to the next stage of his career. No amount of positive RTV interviews can change that. Not surprising to see him taken off. 5


Disappointing. We aren’t that fussed by the admittedly brilliant goal, he was pretty non-existent here otherwise. 24 touches in a position where he is supposed to be the heart of creativity. It’s no wonder Clement hooked him at half time, even if it may have been an injury too. He’s having a very, very poor season and just isn’t doing enough. 6 (because of the goal)


A very strong display, Matondo had Megwa for breakfast, battering the gubbins out of the RB. Very much deserved his assist, and put in a strong case for life after Sima. He was very good. 8


Showed some defensive awareness but didn’t bring enough to attack and while he’s now finally registered with a Rangers assist, he hardly made it easy for Cantwell who did all the hard work from 30 yards. There’s pace here, and potential, and he is working hard, but he really doesn’t shine up front the way we want. 7


He has the finishing skills of Morelos, who was, quite honestly, not very good at finding the net a lot of the time. He did show some work rate but we didn’t see much of a polished striker here. Supported those around him well, but wasn’t on the right wavelength with anyone. Maybe needs time to get up to speed. 6



A complete upgrade on Raskin in the second half, Sterling’s passing is absolutely stellar and he is so strong on the ball. Philippe Clement putting him in midfield was a masterstroke. 8


Offered so much more than Cantwell – willing runner, seeing the passes, and very, very unlucky with the offside goal. He put in a major case to take Cantwell’s place permanently. 7


On barely two minutes and brilliantly finished with yet another fantastic goal. Dessers just keeps on scoring or assisting. And even the most ardent haters are starting see the impact he can have. 7

Jack and Wright kept things tidy but by then the game was Rangers’ to lose.


Fans were not thrilled with the starting team, but Clement stuck with his XI and they did the business. Mostly. He won’t be happy with Raskin and Cantwell’s flat performances, but the rest of the team put in a shift, and he will be demanding the board give Lunny what he wants. He didn’t get a single decision wrong at Easter Road, making two wise subs at HT, and seems to have cracked the winter blues. 9

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