Rangers player ratings detailed as Alex Lowry makes Ibrox announcement with dream debut


Jon McLaughlin: Survived an initial mess with Tavernier and had nothing to do from then on except one last stop. 6

Leon Balogun: Making his return to the starting eleven, the Nigerian played to the right of Connor Goldson. Largely a quiet night for the defender, who approached from a corner. 6

Connor Goldson: He seemed secure in possession and played more than one pass down the attacking line, always playing one step ahead of his opposing striker to avoid threats at the origin. 7

jack simpson: From the cold to a rare start, he started to the left of a rear triple that gave him license to join the attacks in moments. He had little to do without the ball and played simple passes when he had possession. It seemed a bit unnatural to play as a full-fledged left back in the second half. 6

james tavernier: Reversed in possession with Barker out of it. An early mix-up with McLaughlin might have cost his team the lead, but the captain would add his team’s second before missing the chance to double his tally from the spot. He provided some good deliveries from wide, central areas. 7

John Lundstram: Starting at the base of midfield and moving possession well, often throwing possession wide with either foot. The visiting goalkeeper also tested with a powerful left foot. As the game progressed and the space increased, the 27-year-old broke into the final third with increasing regularity and selflessly set up Cedric Itten for the third. 7

Ianis Hagui: Barely involved before being forced to retire early with injury. 5

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Brandon Barker: Appearing at Ibrox for the first time this season from the right flank, Barker found some one-on-one success but often struggled to back that up with consistent delivery. He rotated with Tavernier inside and out, found more joy attacking down the flank after the break. 6

Juninho Bacuna: A clever clipped ball to Tavernier led the Rangers captain to close in on an assist around the 15-minute mark. He drew frustration from his coach on points with poor decisions while also working well in tight spaces on occasion. He assisted the first goal and used possession better in the second half. 7

cedric itten: The Swiss striker was involved sporadically, passing close to a corner and a Tavernier cross before a spin and punch were blocked at close range. He showed a couple of nice touches around the penalty area, pairing well with the inverted Fashion Sakala on more than one occasion. He got his goal after a selfless play by Lundstram. 7

sakala fashion: The brightest player until Lowry’s entrance, Rangers often looked to switch the ball to the Zambian as he posed a constant threat down the left touchline. His ability to cut inside or outside allowed him room to go beyond his marker. He scored a deserved late goal. 7

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alex lowry: Replaced the injured Hagi to make his debut and showed sparks of creativity in a missing half, capping his appearance with an impressive goal, finishing back at the keeper as Rangers broke through. He looked just as composed in the second half and was deservedly the man of the match. 8

lion king: Entered in place of Leon Balogun. He dealt with any attack comfortably. 5

Kemar Roofe: Returning from injury, the Jamaican striker was introduced to play behind Itten for the last half hour or so. 5




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