Tavernier in shocker, Aribo shines - Rangers player ratings v Hibernian
Giovanni van Bronckhorst could do nothing but watch on as Rangers were denied a spot in the Scottish League Cup final by Hibernian on Sunday.
Martin Boyle’s first-half hat-trick earned the Edinburgh club a 3-1 win against a Rangers side who only pulled one back when Scott Arfield made the most of a mistake in the penalty area by Ryan Porteous.
It was an extremely poor performance as the new manager watched from the stands at Hampden Park and here, Ibrox News rates the players out of 10 for their displays:
Allan McGregor – 4
Is this McGregor’s final season as a Rangers player? It could well be as we really would have expected the McGregor of last season to have done a better job at keeping Hibs at bay.
James Tavernier – 2
Absolutely rotten. You could make a strong case for saying that Tavernier was at fault for both of Boyle’s first goals. He wasn’t aware of what was going on at the corner and played him onside for his second goal. Woeful defensive play from the captain, who offered little going forward.
Leon Balogun – 4
Another defensive disasterclass came from Balogun. Rangers’ back-four was completely at sea in that first half and Balogun’s display only strengthened our need to recall Nikola Katic in Janaury.
Connor Goldson – 3
Goldson’s not been at it all season and he was suspect in Boyle’s second half in the first half. Goldson’s out of contract next summer and van Bronckhorst will no doubt look at getting rid of him in January to get some cash and also remove an underperforming player from the squad. Missed an absolute sitter late on that left van Bronckhorst with his head in his hands.
Borna Barisic – 4
Barisic has been woeful this season and his display against Hibs was as bad as it goes. He looks like he’s towing a caravan whenever he runs and he offered basically no creativity from the left and no defensive stability. Very poor.
Glen Kamara – 4
There’ll be missing person posters around Hampden with Kamara’s face slapped on it because he was totally anonymous in the semi-final defeat. At least it might put clubs off signing him in January but we all know the Finland international can do so much better than that.
Steven Davis – 4
Davis conceded the penalty that led to Boyle scoring his hat-trick. It was clumsy like Davis, who looks exactly like a 36-year-old midfielder who’s just come back from an international break with his country.
Scott Arfield – 7
Arfield scored a great goal when he made the most of a mistake by Porteous and actually showed some graft in the middle of the park. It’s a shame that not many of his teammates were on the same level.
Joe Aribo – 8 (Man of the match)
Easily Rangers’ best player as almost everything we did in the attack came through him. Aribo’s dribbling and passing were the only thing to consistently cause issues for Hibs but that didn’t stop McCallum subbing him off for Ryan Jack.
Ryan Kent – 4
David McCallum substituted Kent off just after an hour. Kent’s spent a lot of time out injured lately so that could be one of the reasons but another reason could be that he was totally ineffective against Hibs. Not good enough for us this season – and definitely not good enough for the English Premier League.
Alfredo Morelos – 4
Offered a gilt-edged chance in the first half when Aribo played him in on goal but his shot was straight at goalkeeper Matt Macey. Another one that really let us down at Hampden.
Fashion Sakala (on for Kent, 61′) – 5
Ianis Hagi (on for Arfield, 69′) – 5
Ryan Jack (on for Aribo, 69′) – 5
Calvin Bassey (on for Balogun, ’80) – N/A
Scott Wright (on for Kamara, ’80) – N/A
In other Rangers news, Sir Kenny Dalglish expects van Bronckhorst to make this fringe player one of his key men.