Ibrox View: One player 4/10 despite 1-0 win - Player ratings from Rangers v Kilmarnock
Rangers beat Kilmarnock 1-0 on Sunday to pull further away from Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
The Gers applied plenty of pressure in the early stages and they were rewarded with a penalty after Ross Millen handled in the box. Tavernier dispatched the penalty, as usual, to put his side one up.
The score remained 1-0 at half time but the Light Blues flew out of the blocks at the start of the second half and could’ve doubled their lead within two minutes of the restart but Kilmarnock’s defence kept Alfredo Morelos and Scott Arfield at bay.
The home side began to carve out some chances in the late stages of the game but the Rangers defence held strong and kept yet another league clean sheet as they moved nine points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
There were some poor individual performances on the day but there were enough good performances to get the Gers over the line.
Here are the Ibrox News player ratings from Rangers v Kilmarnock:
Allan McGregor – 7
Made a huge second-half save to keep a dangerous Kilmarnock free-kick out of his net. Other than that he was rarely tested in the Gers net but he was tidy with his feet and he was there when called upon.
James Tavernier – 8
The Rangers captain opened the scoring with a brilliantly struck penalty. He also cleaned up defensively as Kilmarnock grew into the game. Provided some excellent crosses as usual and was easily Rangers’ man of the match.
Connor Goldson – 7
Goldson was as solid as ever and he caught the eye with his excellent long-range passing on Sunday. Booked for dissent in the second half after the referee stopped play due to a Kilmarnock injury.
Filip Helander – 6
Helander’s passing wasn’t as accurate as Goldson’s and defensively he was slightly bullied by the home attackers. He held strong as Killie began to carve out chances in the second half and he helped his side to another Clean Sheet.
Borna Barisic – 6
Barisic’s crossing let him down against Killie as he lacked his usual accuracy but he did cause the Killie defence problems with his driving runs down the left. booked for a rash challenge on Chris Burke in the first half. Overall, solid defensively but he wasn’t as effective going forward.
Ryan Jack – 5
Jack looked slow at times and was caught out by the Killie midfield on a few occasions. He was kept fairly quiet in the game and will be disappointed he couldn’t contribute more.
Scott Arfield – 6
An understated performance from the birthday boy as he was solid in the midfield but didn’t contribute too much going forward. Helped out defensively as Killie had more chances in the second half.
Joe Aribo – 7
Aribo came very close to opening the scoring in the first half but he fired his effort just over the bar. Another very tidy performance from the midfielder as he looks to be getting back to his best after a spell on the sidelines. Withdrawn after 65 minutes.
Ryan Kent – 4
Kent offered very little throughout the game and was anonymous for large periods. He blew a huge chance to make it 2-0 in the second half as he placed his shot straight at the keeper. A very poor day for the 23-year-old.
Cedric Itten – 6
Itten played a wider role today and showed his versatility, lively in the early stages but he didn’t have many chances to grab a goal. Full of running in the second half but he couldn’t turn his regular possession into any meaningful chances.
Alfredo Morelos – 5
Quiet in the first half and looked to be struggling with an injury in the early stages. He had a few chances in the second half but they were well saved. Morelos failed to build on Thursday’s European heroics which is disappointing. Subbed in the 85th minute.
Steven Davis – 6
Came on in the 65th minute and immediately gave away a foul. Sent some searching balls forward and provided an extra defensive body when Killie started to dominate at the end of the game. Booked late on.
Leon Balogun – N/A
In other Rangers news, Barry Ferguson has explained why Morelos hasn’t quite matched Ally McCoist in Europe.