“His shining hour – 9” – Rangers ratings v Kilmarnock

“His shining hour – 9” – Rangers ratings v Kilmarnock
Ridvan in action for the Famous (Credit Rangers FC)

Yes, they’re here again, Rangers ratings from Ibrox Noise following a trickily-slow yet ultimately convincing win over high-flying Kilmarnock.

Ibrox Noise offers our scores on a worthy 3-1 victory:


His massive save from Vassell basically won the match for Rangers. This was a top save, and had Vassell poked it past him, the visitors would have had their tails up. He did flap at one cross quite badly, but that save turned the tide of a tricky match. 8


A quieter performance from the captain but no less influential – no one offered more defensive contributions than he and while no goal or assist today, he was strong with crossing and distribution. A disciplined display. 7


Defensively mostly solid, a lot of aerial domination. Many fans don’t realise Goldson is just about the tallest defender in the league at 6 3 and gets to most crosses with ease. He soaked up 8 of them today and got himself an assist as well, but of course caught absolutely with his pants down for Vassell’s chance. No idea why he ran into no man’s land like that. Butland bailed him out big time. 7


Had no chance with Vassell once Goldson left him stranded, but was otherwise competent enough. Cut a bit of a depressed figure pre-match in the interview and was perhaps a little subdued on the pitch as well. Very unlucky with the penalty. 6


His shining hour by a mile, his performance was exceptional. Was all over the pitch creating things, and he was solid at the back as well to add a cherry on top. His assist for Cantwell was incisive and he didn’t really do a single thing wrong. On this form, including 8 crossing attempts, he has to be first pick. He was great. 9


Tidy passing as always, tidy with his play-breaking but he and Dowell didn’t seem to match too well. 7


Strange selection here. He’s not been awful but he doesn’t really fit in this squad, in this team and his passing was the worst on the pitch. He’s not great, even if he has the odd moment he looks better. 6


As per absolutely usual, take away his goal he offers running but no quality. But the goal was absolutely sparkling, a real goal of the month or even season contender. Passing is always bad, and loses the ball repeatedly – he really should be up front but we know he’s basically a false 9. 7


Took his goal brilliantly, but while the work was there, he didn’t manage, as it always seems with him, to make much end product aside this. He’s a lot more composed than Sima, and rarely wastes plays, but also doesn’t really penetrate like a winger should or make assists. He’s not made a single one yet for the club. Like Sima he doesn’t really beat men. He needs to improve the quality of his decision-making or he’ll remain at Barrie McKay level. He’s good, but he needs to be better. 7


This is the frustration with Todd – he had a notably better game here, not vintage, but better than v Celtic but it’s not v Killie Rangers’ big players are measured. That said, right place for his goal, and offered a lot of good playmaking. Frequently available and worked very hard. 8


That assist for McCausland was as big as Butland’s save. It turned the tide for the side and showed Dessers just keeps on delivering big moments. Admittedly not against Celtic, but this was still a tough one. Sure, aside the assist he was mostly Bambi on ice as always, but you can’t deny he keeps popping up with pivotal contributions and even hit the bar with a header. 7

Subs (selected):


Strong cameo – looked a bit indeed like the young Daniel Cousin Ibrox Noise (and the commentators) had alluded to a few days ago. Neat start but still has work to do. 6


Great cameo – showed why he probably felt aggrieved at not starting, and was everywhere in the brief time he got. 7


Philippe Clement started a bit of a curious one, with fans exasperated by Dessers’ presence and wondering why Sterling was dropped. And until McCausland’s opener inspired by Dessers’ assist and Butland’s giant save, Killie were a strong bet to get something here.

Clement’s tactics weren’t the best in this one, it simply wasn’t working until that moment of brilliance from the Nigerian supported by Ridvan opened things up. After that it was mostly a formality but Clement looked like he underestimated Killie a bit at Ibrox. The boss is learning as he goes, but that’s two in a row where he got it a bit wrong, and on this occasion the players were able to bail him out – he cut a frustrated figure on the sideline. But after that opening goal it was more of a procession thereafter. Clement is a great manager, but he’s new to the SPL and still learning it. He will make more errors than this, but ultimately his side won out. 7

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