Steven Gerrard was able to pick his side up after the defeat against Celtic in the League Cup final as Rangers secured a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League after managing a 1-1 draw against Young Boys.
The home team played some slick football in the first half and Rangers dominated the midfield battle. Joe Aribo especially looked threatening with his neat flicks and tricks. Morelos squandered one good chance before taking the next one as Kent intercepted a pass and played the striker through who made it 1-0.
The Swiss champions were able to make a contest out of the game in the second half. Rangers had the chances to kill the tie, but they failed to take those. A late scrappy goal from the away team made the last few minutes nerve-jangling for the Rangers fans. But Gerrard’s men hung on to go through as the runners up in the group.
Here is how they fared.
Allan McGregor 7
Didn’t have too many saves to make. Made one good save in the second half but apart from that, most of it were regulation stops.
James Tavernier 7.5
Managed to change his fortunes from the reverse fixture as Tavernier was solid in defence for most parts. Provided an attacking outlet and helped Rangers to dominate the game, especially in the first half.
Connor Goldson 8
A solid performance from the big centre back as he was strong in the air and his positioning was spot on most of the times.
Nikola Katic 7
Showed that he can handle the big games as Katic read the dangers well and held his own at the back.
Borna Barisic 8
Delivered some delightful crosses from the left and always looked a major threat. Defended astutely and another complete performance from him.
Ryan Jack 7
Saw a red card in the end but he took both the yellow cards for the team so Gerrard shouldn’t have much to complain. Shielded the back four well and put in a decent shift. Steady and got the job done.
Glen Kamara 7
Linked up play well especially in the first half. Was strong in the middle and drew a few fouls. Moved the ball swiftly and did a fine job in the middle.
Joe Aribo 7.5
This was the Aribo which Rangers were looking for since the last few weeks. The midfielder played some incisive passes, and he was too hot to handle with his neat control in tight areas. However, he still needs to improve on the final bit as he squandered some decent chances after getting the better of his man.
Ryan Kent 6
Had a few good bursts from midfield but Kent was largely quiet. Most of Rangers’ impressive moves came from the right and he wasn’t able to get into the game much. Had a mixed bag of a game.
Scott Arfield 7.5
Occupied some dangerous areas and was delightful with his link-up play. Worked his socks off like always. Used his experience and kept the oppositions defenders on edge with his clever movements.
Alfredo Morelos 7
Missed one good chance in the first half but showed his mentality in taking the next one. Always a nuisance for the opposition with his runs and intensity. However, needs to bring more finesse in front of goal as he missed some decent chances where he smashed the ball too close to the goalkeeper.
Sheyi Ojo 6
Provided fresh legs on the pitch and helped his team out in defence.
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