By Nick Ware

31st Oct, 2021 | 2:10pm

Rangers player ratings v Motherwell

Rangers came from behind at Fir Park on Sunday afternoon to inflict a 6-1 hammering on Motherwell in their Scottish Premiership clash.

Bevis Mugabi struck the opener but goals from James Tavernier, Fashion Sakala (three), Glen Kamara and Kemar Roofe blew the home side away.

After stretching their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to four points, Ibrox News rates the players out of 10 for their performances:

Allan McGregor – 6

Made a good save from the corner, but could he have made himself bigger to prevent the follow-up effort from Mugabi? It was the tightest of angles for the Motherwell defender, and perhaps the Gers goalkeeper will feel like he could have prevented his goal.

James Tavernier – 8

Well, where do you start with the skipper? He started the game in inauspicious fashion as his hesitancy led to the award of the corner, but he certainly rose to the occasion after. A stunning volley to net the equaliser before a brilliant cross onto the head of Fashion Sakala saw the Gers head into half-time with the lead. Of course, there will be questions over his defensive abilities, but it’s hard to award a rating lower than an eight when he was the chief architect of two outstanding efforts.

Connor Goldson – 5

Wake up. It was the Englishman that conceded the initial corner, and though the blame for that may be attached more to McGregor or Tavernier, the centre-back failed to take ownership from the set-piece situation, caught on his heels as Mugabi struck past McGregor in front of him. The statistics are damning of Goldson’s season so far, in comparison to last year, and he’s failing the eye-test at the moment, too.

Leon Balogun – 6

Perhaps he could have done more from the corner as well, but after the goal, it was all pretty much all Rangers, and Balogun was left to do more work with the ball than without.

Calvin Bassey – 9

Constant threat down the left-hand side, he could have had his own Tavernier moment when a ball dropped down from the sky but, as ever, the left-back looked to assist a teammate. Grabbed the assist for Tavernier’s equaliser and beat Stephen O’Donnell to the ball to earn the Motherwell captain his second yellow card of the game that brought about his dismissal.

Steven Davis – 7

Looked cumbersome on occasions in the first half, but grew into the game as the rest of his teammates did. Lovely assist for Sakala’s hat-trick.

Glen Kamara – 8

If the game wasn’t over at 3-1, against a 10-man Motherwell, then Kamara really set the seal on the three points for Rangers with a sweetly-struck shot from distance to make it four.

Scott Arfield – 7

Some sloppy touches in the first half, Arfield was much improved in the second as he made his first league start of the season. His off-the-ball running is so crucial in this Rangers midfield.

Joe Aribo – 8

From the shocking to the sublime. The Nigeria international missed a sitter in the opening stages, albeit from an offside position, before Motherwell took the lead. But after that, Aribo imposed himself on the game, displaying his array of silky skills. One of the best in the league now? He’s putting himself firmly in the conversation.

Fashion Sakala – 10

A hat-trick to really kickstart his Rangers career, Sakala must wish he could play Motherwell every week. His brace took his tally to four so far in his brief Ibrox career, and all four have come at the expense of ‘Well. A real livewire all game, his movement was to much for the home side. Needs a real run in the starting XI now.

Alfredo Morelos – 7

He didn’t make it three successive games with a goal today, but the Colombian’s link-up play was neat and he constantly occupied defenders with his movement.


Kemar Roofe – 7

Benched today, but still grabbed a late goal. That’s three in four now for the Jamaica international.

Jack Simpson – 7

Assist for Roofe’s goal after more than a month away from the team, that’s enough to get the Englishman a seven here.

Scott Wright – 7

As ten-minute displays go, Wright was bright and inventful, and had one powerful effort parried.

In other Rangers news, Kenny Miller was left gobsmacked by what this Ibrox star did against Motherwell.