End-of-season Report Card Ratings for Rangers Players

End-of-season Report Card Ratings for Rangers Players
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Players of Rangers pose for a team photograph prior to the UEFA Europa League 2023/24 match between Rangers FC and AC Sparta Praha at Ibrox Stadium on November 09, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

So the season is done, and it’s time for the Ibrox Noise Rangers Report Card.

Who did well, who didn’t, and where do we score every significant player who plied their trade in Govan this season past?

Jack Butland:

Overall great season, every inch a lower Premier League goalie, but fell notably short of Goram and McGregor levels with a few gaffs and never pulled off a true ‘miracle’ save like our greatest could. Was roundly rubbish against Celtic in every match he faced them which probably cost him an England call up. He was brilliant for being a free, but maybe we all slightly overrated him a small speck. Had a real drop off in the final two to three months. 8

James Tavernier:

The most divisive player since Josh Windass, Tav splits the support between his tribalistic ‘my captain’ crowd, and the ones who see a very vulnerable defender who costs goals. A very poor captain, who had a dreadful January onwards, and has been destroyed 5 times this season by Maeda. He scores and assists, absolutely, but he shouldn’t really be doing that. He should be doing his job. And he stopped doing that a long time ago. 4

Connor Goldson:

So horrible a season here that even Philippe Clement benched him EVENTUALLY (way too late) and then found a way to keep him out of the team with an ‘injury’. A very, very unpopular player, Goldson scores lowly in all stats and ranks among the worst Rangers defenders for most areas, and he’s miles down for SPL rankings. He was just abysmal and we cannot go forward with him at the back. 2

John Souttar:

Did the very best he could under trying circumstances, the lad is a good physical defender but wasn’t settled next to Goldson, and had to do far too much work. Meant he made some mistakes. With a good settled partner he’d be so much better. 6

Leon Balogun:

A titan of a defender, he was Rangers’ best CH this season overall by a distance, and he’s not lost an inch of pace. Powerful, fast, and with major experience, Rangers would be so silly to let him go. He’s got a year or two left in him we think. 9

Ben Davies:

Honestly, not as horrible as some fans, even ourselves, wanted to call him, Davies actually looked great next to Balogun at Hampden, and his stats are shockingly good for a quiet defender who doesn’t make a fuss. Offers a good balance next to a rightie and honestly, despite his salary, he had a better overall season pro-rata than Goldson did. By a distance, actually. 7

Borna Barisic:

We want to wish him farewell on the back of a good season, sadly it wasn’t. He was distracted and uncommitted, which we guess isn’t that surprising. It’s sad it’s faded with a whimper for him, and he was undeniably unimpressive this season. 5

Ridvan Yilmaz:

He was great, let’s not kid on – when he FINALLY got his place in January he was top class – quick, powerful, and he was even getting in a lot of crosses like Borna. He was a great replacement with running power the Croat doesn’t have. He’s a great LB and we hope next season is finally his time to truly shine, without injuries ruining things. 8

John Lundstram:

Started very poorly, got a massive renaissance under Philippe Clement for 4 months, then crashed horribly from March, and since then has been surplus. Will leave. A sad one really, he was a cult figure and he loved the club, but the lack of a deal has ruined it totally. Fans have a bit unfairly turned on him as a pariah. Did definitely fail to assert himself against Celtic. 6

Mohamed Diomande:

Slow start, showing in vague glimpses his quality but lacked consistency – but did show two big performances in the cup, his displays v Hearts in the semi then Celtic in the final were significant. If he keeps that level up next season he’ll be an asset. 6

Nico Raskin:

Drippy and wet season of nothingness, he just didn’t deliver the form from last season, not helped by his stupid comments in the press. Against Celtic in the final we saw last season’s Raskin, but whether he was showing up or playing for a move we don’t know. But THAT Raskin is welcome in the first team. 4

Ryan Jack:

Injury-ravaged, the Scotland international is a shadow of his titanic old dynamic self, and now plays a different role (when fit) because he can’t run much any more. He’s a broken shell of a player and the season was completely wrecked by injury. He’ll leave. 2

Dujon Sterling:

Here’s a weird one, because in midfield Sterling was gigantic. Elsewhere? Completely wasted, from defence, to left wing, to right, just a waste of a great midfielder. Hard to rate him, because his manager is totally mismanaging him. 6

Todd Cantwell:

Horrible start to the season under Beale, then felt mismanaged and unloved by new manager Clement, and just didn’t deliver until around late March after injury when he started finding a bit of confidence. Even then, his performances were never great, they were just ok. He does work hard, but the quality wasn’t really there, and there’s issues with the boss too. He just didn’t have a good campaign. 3

Tom Lawrence:

A few big goals yes, but overall Lawrence does nothing as a playmaker or a winger to have any influence, and he’s perennially injured as well. He was thankfully a free but really not worthy of being significantly rated. 4

Kieran Dowell:

A bit of a nothing signing, Dowell was brought in as a deputy for Cantwell and laboured to make any real impression. One or two brighter performances but overall a weak addition. 4

Sam Lammers:

Yes, he was at Ibrox till January. Utterly abysmal, horrible Beale signing, probably the epitome of what went wrong for that manager. 1

Rabbi Matondo:

Showed between injuries some of what he can do, but constantly on the sidelines. Has pace, and trickery, but lacks conviction at the end. Maybe with fitness and a run he can get the consistency. 5

Ross McCausland:

Had an amazing 10 days between breaking through and being picked for the national team, but really has shown his limitations ever since. Can’t beat a man, lacks pace, and has no assists to him. A very underwhelming player, what you’d call ‘safe’. 5

Oscar Cortes:

Yes, we’re rating him despite him only getting what feels like 10 minutes. In those 10 minutes showed more quality and invention than the rest of the squad put together, harbours ambitions of playing for Real Madrid in the future. We can see why, and he clearly has the talent. 8

Scott Wright:

Frustrates pretty much every Rangers fan, that Gerrard, Gio, Beale and now Clement just keep using this atrociously poor winger. Cost Rangers the Scottish Cup and was a big part of losing us Sevilla too. But seems untouchable. Another bad season for him. 3

Abdallah Sima:

Was diabolical till PSV then suddenly was scoring worldies. He’s a weird player – so much pace, and a hugely talented finisher, but he does it by being a false 9. Can’t assist to save himself, so isn’t the winger he’s billed as. But scores those goals. Hard to rate him fairly, along with those injuries. 6


His stats for appearances were actually ok, but the whole season was ruined through injury and the fact he’s not built for the SPL. He is a good finisher, ish, but he has no power and his movement isn’t incredible. We wonder how big a player he’ll be next season. 4

Fabio Silva:

Goodness, a very poor signing. More interested in diving in front of an open goal than shooting into it, the Portuguese was a bum note and a bad call from the manager. Seemed to want to fight the fans in the end, and had just two decent displays all season – v Benfica in Portugal, his boyhood rivals, and Celtic at Parkhead. Just nowhere near enough goals or assists. He is now gone anyway. 3

Cyriel Dessers:

Poor Cyriel, maligned by the fans for not being Colak, despite having the strongest individual season of any Rangers striker for literally decades. Attracted such division from fans, just not a popular forward, and supporters just couldn’t really give him the love he wanted, could they? But on a stats and goals and assists basis, Dessers was anything but a fail. But it’s never going to be recognised. 8

25 players, and that’s how we rated them.

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