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Lundstram Gets 8.5, Morelos With 5.5 | Rangers Players Rated In Their Draw Against Hearts

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Scottish Premiership this afternoon offered a top of the table battle when the reigning champions and current leaders Rangers hosted unbeaten Hearts at Ibrox. The Jambos have already stunned Celtic in the opening gameweek instantly after their top-flight return and their stunning form continued when a late Craig Halkett goal cancelled out John Lundstram’s first-half strike. The wastefulness cost the hosts once more as they dropped two massive points at Ibrox.

Below are the Rangers players rated in their disappointing 1-1 draw against Hearts.

Allan McGregor: 6

Made a couple of stunning diving saves to deny Barrie McKay and Liam Boyce midway through the second half, but his mistake cost them severely when Halkett headed home to snatch a point.

James Tavernier: 7.5

His marauding runs, crosses and key passes did not make much of a difference. Created chances from the right-hand flank, but the attackers could not capitalize on those opportunities despite being close on a number of occasions.

Connor Goldson: 7

Tried to threaten from set-pieces but was denied by Craig Gordon in Hearts goal. Made tactical fouls to break down counter-attacks and tried his best to mix his passes from the defensive third.

Leon Balogun: 7

Similar to Goldson, got booked for a mistimed tackle that refrained the visitors from causing a counter-attacking threat. Few of his efforts were parried away by Gordon spectacularly.

Borna Barisic: 7.5

Kept on whipping in crosses and long balls from the left-hand flank. Exhibited his creative spark by cutting inside and linking up with Scott Wright, also made a few key recoveries to avoid more misery from the wide.

John Lundstram: 8.5

Seems to have settled down after a frantic start to his Rangers career. Not only did he score a sublime goal but also dominated the midfield game with his work rate, movement and passing attribute.

Rangers skipper James Tavernier with Alfredo Morelos
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: James Tavernier and Alfredo Morelos of Rangers are seen during the UEFA Europa League group A match between Rangers FC and Olympique Lyon at Ibrox Stadium on September 16, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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Glen Kamara: 7.5

Showed his composure as a double pivot. Did not offer much in terms of attacking threat, but his technicality, holding ability and vision helped the Light Blues control the show from the centre of the pitch.

Ianis Hagi: 7

Had an early effort stopped by Gordon, hit a couple of strikes wide, however, his lively presence high up the pitch was causing problems in the Hearts backline. Steven Gerrard should have retained him and taken off Morelos during the final quarter of the contest.

Joe Aribo: 7.5

Kept on dribbling past the opponents time and again from his slightly advanced midfield role. Tested the keeper once as he looked promising while playing one-twos in the attacking third. Made way for Steven Davis with 15 minutes remaining.

Scott Wright: 7

Wright, too, was denied by the Hearts ‘number 1’. Had some impact from the left-hand flank early into the game but looked short of ideas as time progressed. Made way for Juninho Bacuna around the hour mark.

Alfredo Morelos: 5.5

An afternoon to forget for the Colombian as his wasted opportunities hurt Rangers in the closing moments of the match. Could have had a hat-trick but ended up hitting those wide.

Rangers Substitutes Vs Hearts

Juninho Bacuna: 6

Nothing exceptional from the ex-Huddersfield Town midfielder except for an attempt that was dealt with by Gordon.

Steven Davis: 6.5

Was brought in to add more depth and experience in the middle of the park.

Kemar Roofe: 6.5

Could have doubled the lead, however, Gordon got a touch and sent the ball onto the post to deny him from scoring with 10 minutes remaining.

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