By Doug Ward

15th Dec, 2021 | 9:50pm

Ryan Kent man of the match in 9/10 display - Rangers player ratings v St Johnstone

Rangers maintained their four-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership as they beat St Johnstone 2-0 at Ibrox on Wednesday night.

Celtic’s late winner at Ross County denied Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men of extending their advantage in the race for the title as Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent scored in each half to secure the Gers’ win.

Here, Ibrox News rated the players out of 10 for their performances against Callum Davidson’s basement boys:

Allan McGregor – 6

McGregor barely had anything to do against St Johnstone so there’s nothing we can give the goalkeeper other than a rating of six.

James Tavernier – 7

Tavernier looked sharp against Callum Davidson’s side, winning tackles and taking his set-pieces well. We’d love to see Tav get back among the goals and the assists soon.

Connor Goldson – 7

Goldson rose superbly at a corner to win a flick-on for Morelos’ goal and looked calm and composed most of the night against a less-than-threatening St Johnstone attack. Goldson also looked great on the ball as he ran the ball out of the defence and his passing once again impressed.

Calvin Bassey – 7

After a struggling display against Hearts, Bassey was back to impressing us in the heart of the defence alongside Goldson. He played a major role in Morelos’ goal by winning the corner and just looked at ease all night.

Borna Barisic – 6

We can’t have any complaints about Barisic’s display and while he hasn’t been at his best this season, we really hope his injury isn’t serious as he went off in the second half.

Glen Kamara – 8

He had one dodgy moment when he lost the ball on the edge of our box but other than that, it was a real masterclass of a display by Kamara in the deep midfield role. Kamara controlled possession well and regularly broke down St Johnstone’s attacks before they even started.

Scott Arfield – 8

Arfield is reborn under van Bronckhorst. He was heavily involved in a lot of the good attacking play by Rangers. He may be 33-years-old but we’d like to see Arfield get a new deal if he can continue this form.

Joe Aribo – 9

Where do you start with this man? Aribo was so unfortunate to not get on the scoresheet in the first half when he clattered the woodwork but throughout the game, it was his playmaking that impressed. Aribo’s dribbling and passing were exquisite. What a season he’s having.

Ianis Hagi – 8

St Johnstone could not cope with the Romania international, who linked up so well with his attacking teammates. Rangers should really have scored more than they did and Hagi is someone who should’ve been on the scoresheet. But it was still a great display by the playmaker.

Ryan Kent – 9 (Man of the match)

From the off, Kent was a real thorn in the side of the away side’s defence. Kent regularly called Zander Clark into action and tormented the defenders with his skills and his ability to slam a shot goalwards when cutting in from the left. Kent got a well-deserved goal in the second half and deserves our man of the match award.

Alfredo Morelos – 9

It didn’t seem as though it was going to be Morelos’ night when he fluffed a big opportunity to score in the first half. But just before the break, the Colombia international superbly anticipated a Goldson flick-on at a corner to score. After half-time, Morelos did brilliantly to assist Kent’s goal with a low cross from the right. Morelos was unselfish and unflappable in that display.

Substitutes:

Fashion Sakala (on for Kent, 68′) – 6

Nathan Patterson (on for Barisic, 79′) – 7

In other Rangers news, Sky Sports have shared an update on whether the Gers’ clash with Dundee United will go ahead.