Rangers came from behind twice to win 3-2 against Standard Liege in the Europa League at Ibrox on Thursday to secure their progression to the knockout round.
Goals from Connor Goldson, James Tavernier and Scott Arfield sealed the win, but it was a tough evening for Steven Gerrard’s side.
Benfica won their match against Lech Poznan, meaning that a win for Gers in their final match against the Polish side will see them qualify as group winners.
Here are three things that we learned from the game…
Connor Goldson struggles again
This was not the best showing from Goldson, who was exposed on a couple of occasions by the Standard Liege attackers. The 27-year-old was also poor against Benfica in the last Europa League match against Benfica and will need to step up in knockout stages.
For Liege’s first goal Goldson was beaten in the channel too easily, while he lost Abdoul Tapsoba on a couple of occasions and was lucky not to be punished. Now Goldson did score the equaliser and his centre-back partner Leon Balogun was caught out for the second goal, but this was not we have come to expect from the former Brighton and Hove Albion man.
Scott Arfield keeps on scoring
With the score tied at 2-2, it was almost predictable that Arfield would be the man to score the winner and send the Gers into the knockout phase. It was his seventh goal of the season and his fourth in five games (via WhoScored), with the Canadian now looking undroppable.
The midfield trio of Steven Davis, Glen Kamara and Arfield looks very well balanced, with Arfield tasked with connecting the centre of the pitch and the attack. His late runs into the box are devastating and he took four shots on the night, including the winner (via WhoScored).
Glen Kamara remains underrated
The signing of Kamara from Dundee looks smarter every day, with the Finland international improving week by week and able to step up in the biggest games. With his side struggling, the 25-year-old took over and created the chance for the penalty, before playing in Ryan Kent to set up the winner.
On the night, he completed two key passes, one dribble, three tackles and one interception (via WhoScored), and looked composed throughout completing 54 passes in total. It is no surprise that clubs have been interested in his contract situation and Rangers should look to lock him in as soon as possible.
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