It was never going to be a stroll in the park for injury-ravaged Rangers when they locked horns with ‘giant killers’ St Mirren on Saturday lunchtime. Time was already running out for Giovanni van Bronckhorst and the draw this afternoon must have put the final nail in the coffin. The Light Blues should find his successor during the World Cup break.
Below are the Rangers players rated in their 1-1 draw against St. Mirren.
Allan McGregor: 6.5
Made a couple of decent saves, but he could have done little to stop Ayunga’s strike from an extremely close range.
James Tavernier: 8
Made no mistake from the spot late in the game after the Gers were rewarded a penalty following Marcus Fraser’s foul on Ryan Kent. Was relentless as always with his overlapping runs and attacking contribution.
Leon King: 5.5
Should have defended a lot better during Ayunga’s goal. Lost a few duels, and also misplaced some passes before making way for Ryan Jack with a fresh injury concern.
James Sands: 7
Started in the heart of the backline due to Ben Davies’ late exclusion through an injury. Had a decent game overall with timely tackles, recoveries and clearances. Won the majority of duels and tried his best to play it out from the back.
Borna Barisic: 7.5
Was lively down the left with his overlapping runs, crosses, cut insides and long balls. Also performed his defensive duties with sheer expertise and composure. Made way for Robbie Ure in the closing minutes.
John Lundstram: 6.5
Was not at his best as he could not pull the strings from midfield. Struggled to break down the home side’s attacking transitions. His passing game was impressive, but the tackles were mistimed more often than once.
Glen Kamara: 6
Started in the middle of the park alongside Lundstram, but the Finnish ace could not dictate the tempo barring a few passes into the final third. Was replaced by Scott Arfield at halftime.
Scott Wright: 7
Looked lively down the right as he kept on creating chances and came close to finding the net with a header. But his effort was denied by Trevor Carson in the Buddies’ goal.
Malik Tillman: 7
Started the game brightly with his dribbles and swift footwork. Created a few chances on his own which, however, lacked the end product.
Ryan Kent: 7.5
Much better display from the non-performing Englishman who ran riot in the hosts’ defence with his pace and flair from the left-hand flank. Won a spot-kick late in the match that earned Rangers a result at St Mirren Park.
Alfredo Morelos: 6
Spearheaded the attack amid the injury absence of Antonio Colak. Worked hard to be a part of the build-ups, but his lack of sharpness upfront cost the Gers.
Rangers Subs vs St. Mirren
Scott Arfield: 6
Made some decent down-the-middle runs but he failed to make any significant contribution during the second half.
Ryan Jack: 7
Returned to action after weeks of injury absence. Looked sharp with his passing and link-up play. Had a late header denied by Carson before the final whistle.
Robbie Ure: NA
Played too little to warrant a rating.