Morelos & Aribo star – Rangers player ratings for 2-0 win v Livingston
Rangers capped off another win in the Premiership in fairly routine fashion, with a 2-0 win over Livingston on Sunday.
It means it’s still neck-and-neck at the top of the table, with Steven Gerrard’s men showing no signs of dropping away this season.
Joe Aribo got the first, with a really smart finish into the top-left corner after a through ball from Scott Arfield.
Alfredo Morelos – who else – made the points safe in the second half.
It was a solid team performance and no one let the side down – here are our ratings from the Tony Macaroni Arena:
Allan McGregor – 6
Didn’t have a lot to do, especially in the first half, but McGregor is always alert when needed and snuffed out the minor threat Livingston posed in the second 45.
James Tavernier – 6
The skipper has come in for a lot of criticism this season, some of it justified, and his crossing was wayward to start off with on Sunday. He’s better off going forward and looks better when he’s not troubled defensively – and Livingston weren’t a threat.
Filip Helander – 7
Has played himself into a solid partnership with Connor Goldson and looked solid again on Sunday. It’s what Rangers needed and Steven Gerrard has now found his centre-back pairing.
Connor Goldson – 7
Another defender who has come in for criticism this season but Goldson was back to his confident best against Livingston. Didn’t give Lyndon Dykes a sniff in the Rangers penalty box.
Borna Barisic – 7
The Rangers back line is so much more settled now and Barisic is a dependable left-back. He had one of his better games on Sunday. Found Alfredo Morelos for his goal and was unlucky not to score himself after the Livingston keeper failed to stop his shot, but did enough to deflect it onto the post late on.
Ryan Jack – 7
Has been so impressive this season, mainly because of his consistency. He rarely dips below a seven and controlled the middle of the park again on Sunday.
Joe Aribo – 8
Got the all-important opening goal on Sunday and looked dangerous throughout. It was his first Premiership goal, his fourth of the season in all competitions, and he could be a big player in the race for the title.
Glen Kamara – 8
Strong showing in the middle and only denied a goal by a fine save from Matija Sarkic.
Scott Arfield – 7
Got the assist for the opening goal with a nicely weighted through ball. Some good distribution and a good engine in the middle.
Ryan Kent – 6
Hearts were in mouths as he was taken off after 58 minutes following a heavy collision, but Gerrard has said he was just suffering from a dead leg. That’s a relief – he wasn’t that influential on Sunday but is a key player for Rangers.
Alfredo Morelos – 8
He might not have had the best first half but Morelos scores goals and if you watch this one you’ll see why. He drifted away from his man and made space inside the box, and was picked out by Barisic before finishing brilliantly to the goalkeeper’s right. He’s too good for most teams in the Premiership.
Sheyi Ojo – 6
Bust a gut when he came in for Kent and narrowly missed with a header.
Jermain Defoe & Greg Stewart – N/A
Introduced late on with the game already won.
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