Ibrox View: 23y/o stars & attacker hits back - Three things learned in Rangers v Lech Poznan
Rangers sealed top spot in Europa League Group D with a comfortable 2-0 away win against Lech Poznan on Thursday at Poznan Stadium.
Goals from Cedric Itten and Ianis Hagi in each half sealed the win and ensured that the Gers finished the group stage unbeaten, two points clear of their closest rivals Benfica.
Steven Gerrard picked a much-changed side for this one, but there were a number of impressive performances from the players that came in.
Here are three things we learned about Rangers following their latest win.
Cedric Itten takes his chance
Itten was given the opportunity to lead the line against Lech Poznan and he did not let his manager down, scoring the opening goal and proving a menace throughout. Across the 80 minutes he was on the field, the 23-year-old took three shots, completed three dribbles, won five aerial duels and made one key pass (via WhoScored).
The Switzerland international remains behind Kemar Roofe, Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe in the pecking order, but he has certainly given his manager something to think about.
Ianis Hagi hits back
This was an up and down night for the Romanian international who was sometimes wasteful on the ball, completing just 79% of his passes (via WhoScored), and indecisive in front of goal. Hagi had one great chance in the first half but the ball got caught under his feet and the defender was able to get back and cut off the angle.
However, he hit back in the best way possible and grabbed a much-needed goal that should do his confidence no end of good.
Connor Goldson never gets a rest
Despite Gerrard opting to ring the changes in this game, with Nathan Patterson, Jon McLaughlin, Itten and Hagi all given a chance from the start, Goldson was still not afforded a rest. The 27-year-old has started all 28 of Rangers’ matches so far this season, and with Filip Helander ruled out it is hard to see where he might be able to sit a match out.
Nonetheless, this was another great performance from Goldson, who was integral in the Gers’ clean sheet. Lech Poznan managed just two shots on target on Thursday, while Goldson won three aerial duels and made six clearances, two interceptions and one tackle (via WhoScored).
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