Rangers will be delighted with their comeback victory after edging out Royal Antwerp 4-3 on Thursday evening.

Joe Aribo opened the scoring before Felipe Avenatti levelled things up and a questionable penalty call handed the hosts the lead at half-time.

We responded well after the break and levelled up with a penalty of our own, scored by Borna Barisic, but a strike from Martin Hongla meant we trailed with not long left.

A defeat would have been undeserved, however, and we turned things around with a wonderful goal from Ryan Kent and a second Barisic penalty in the dying moments.

The victory was not without consequence, though, as James Tavernier and Kemar Roofe were both forced off with injury in the first half.

There are positives and negatives to take from the game; here are three things we learned from the Gers display.


1.) We badly need Tavernier to return soon

Leon Balogun did his best when he came on and cannot be blamed for any of the goals conceded but simply put we missed Tavernier’s leadership and attacking threat. There were several occasions when attacking moves slowed down or stopped altogether because of Balogun’s lack of ability on the ball. Antwerp sat deep for much of the second half too and we really could have benefitted from Tavernier’s crossing ability.

2.) Glen Kamara is our best midfielder

Alongside Steven Davis and Scott Arfield the 25-year-old provided some much-needed pace and energy. He was very positive on the ball and tried to make things happen for us with 91% pass accuracy (SofaScore). He is on a run of good form and despite Gerrard frequently making changes Kamara is rarely left out – that shows how significant he is. His link-up play with Joe Aribo was a particular highlight on Thursday and he is proving that he cannot be left out at the moment. The only reason he did not feature against Kilmarnock last weekend was so he would be fresh for Antwerp – Gerrard’s decision certainly paid off.


3.) Pair will fight for left-wing position

Gerrard’s decision to start Kemar Roofe on the left flank was a bit of a shock but the forward was very positive in his 45-minute display. He stretched the Antwerp back four on multiple occasions and his running led to our first goal. Unfortunately picked up another injury issue and was replaced by Ryan Kent who scored a brilliant late equaliser. He worked the ball really well with Alfredo Morelos and produced a top finish to show Gerrard was wrong to leave him out. The 23-year-old has been out of form recently though so the Rangers boss will have a big decision to make if Roofe is available next week.

In other Rangers news, ‘Absolute shocker’, ‘Giving me the fear’ – Many Bears fuming at display of one player v Antwerp.


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