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Sakala Gets 8, Morelos With 5.5 | Rangers Players Rated In Their Draw Against Celtic

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Rangers had to claim a victory this afternoon against bitter rivals Celtic to stay relevant in the Premiership race. But a dreadful start ruined their momentum when Daizen Maeda capitalized on a mistake from Alfredo Morelos. The Light Blues staged an incredible comeback early into the second half with two goals in quick succession. But their efforts went in vain when Kyogo Furuhashi found a late equalizer.

Below are the Rangers players rated in their 2-2 draw against Celtic.

Allan McGregor: 6.5

Could have done little to stop the Hoops from finding the net on both occasions. Made a decent save as he looked sharp with his movements in the last line of defence.

James Tavernier: 7.5

Was beaten by Maeda early into the game before the Japanese attacking ace found the net. Looked effective otherwise with his relentless overlapping runs, crosses, passes into the final third and link-up football. Slotted home calmly from the spot to make it 2-1 for Rangers.

Connor Goldson: 6.5

Was lucky not to concede a penalty midway through the second half. Looked nervy at times in deep defence, also his trademark long balls lacked accuracy throughout the contest.

Ben Davies: 7

Was spot-on with his tackles. Made some crucial recoveries, interceptions and clearances. Looked calm with the ball at his feet while playing it out from the back.

Borna Barisic: 6

Offered little threat down the left in terms of overlapping runs and attacking moves. Maeda kept him on his toes with his pace and prowess.

Glen Kamara: 6

Should have done more to dictate the midfield game. Got dispossessed twice, struggled to win the second balls and was clumsy with his tackles.

John Lundstram: 7

Was combative while engaging in duels. Made an array of recoveries and interceptions. Made way for Ryan Jack around the 71st-minute mark.

Rangers vs Celtic
Ryan Kent

Fashion Sakala: 8

Continued his impressive run of form down the right-hand flank. Set it up perfectly for Ryan Kent who made no mistake to find an equalizer. Also won a penalty moments later which was converted by Tavernier.

Malik Tillman: 6.5

Was unsuccessful with his dribbling as well as goal-bound attempts. Tried to play his part in the attacking build-ups as a ‘number 10’. Was replaced by James Sands late in the game.

Ryan Kent: 7.5

Slowly regaining his lost status under Michael Beale. Got denied twice by Joe Hart and the woodwork, but his sensational strike brought the Light Blues back into contention.

Alfredo Morelos: 5.5

A disastrous pass from the Colombian handed the Bhoys a perfect start at Ibrox. Missed a couple of goal-scoring opportunities as all his efforts were off-target. Made way for Scott Wright late in the game.

Rangers Subs vs Celtic

Ryan Jack: 6.5

Won most of the tackles and duels since replacing Lundstram in the centre of the pitch.

James Sands: NA

Played too little to warrant a rating.

Scott Wright: NA

Played too little to warrant a rating.

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