By Doug Ward

26th Jan, 2022 | 9:36pm

Alex Lowry shines, Cedric Itten honking - Rangers player ratings v Livingston

Scott Arfield’s sensational goal rescued Rangers all three points as they beat Livingston 1-0 in a drab Scottish Premiership affair at Ibrox on Wednesday night.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men struggled to find a breakthrough until Arfield was substituted into the game in the 59th minute.

Just over quarter-of-an-hour later, Borna Barisic’s cross was skilfully diverted into the Livingston goal by Arfield before the Gers cruised to the final whistle and earn the win.

Here, Ibrox News has rated the players out of 10 for their displays against Livi:

Allan McGregor – 5

McGregor had nothing to do against Livingston so we cannot really give him more than a bang-in-the-middle rating of five.

James Tavernier – 6

Quiet yet decent performance by Tavernier at right-back at Ibrox on Wednesday night. It’ll be good to see him back among the goals and assists sooner rather than later.

Connor Goldson – 5

Poor in possession but dealt well with whatever Livi threw his way. With most of his appearances this season, we’ve usually come away saying that we’ll be fine without the English centre-half if he leaves and this was another one of those games.

Calvin Bassey – 6

It was a solid shift at centre-back by Bassey. It’ll be interesting to see if Leon Balogun comes in to replace him any time soon.

Borna Barisic – 6

Barisic’s cross into Arfield helped us win the game against Livi but it was a rather average performance by the left-back away from that.

Glen Kamara – 6

Kamara needs to play in the deep-lying midfield role, that’s where he’s at his best. Van Bronckhorst has changed that lately with Joe Aribo being away and Arfield being injured but once Arfield came on, Kamara looked better, as did the whole midfield, when he dropped back.

James Sands – 4

We make that two appearances and two shockers by Sands since he joined from New York City. We don’t want to be too harsh, but his involvement in the midfield has been next to nothing and we’ve looked way worse with him in the side. He has been rushed into the side, in fairness, so we won’t call him a flop or write him off just yet.

Alex Lowry – 8

Who’s Nathan Patterson? Rangers have a new kid on the block and his name is Alex Lowry. The 18-year-old burst onto the scene last week with a goal on his debut against Stirling Albion. He was rewarded with a full debut and a league debut at Ibrox against Livingston and really impressed in the midfield. He got quieter as the game progressed and the likes of Arfield came on. But it was a superb performance, overall, by the youngster. He’s our man of the match.

Fashion Sakala – 6

Sakala added a lot of oomph to the Rangers attack with his pace and his dribbling. But his final product was very shoddy and his shooting left a lot to be desired. It was promising from Sakala and we feel he’d do better if he was surrounded by incompetency in the attack…

Scott Wright – 4

We’re starting to get increasingly worried by Wright’s performances in the attack. When Ryan Kent doesn’t play, the former Aberdeen attacker simply isn’t the answer. Wright was so wasteful in the attack and has to do way better unless he wants to become the new Brandon Barker.

Cedric Itten – 3

Woeful. There was a reason why Itten was out on loan at the worst team in the German Bundesliga – he’s not good enough. We had better strikers available to play up front against Livingston. Van Bronckhorst should’ve realised this at half-time – or even after 10 minutes – and made a change. Itten should not be starting for us.

Substitutes:

Scott Afield (on for Sands, 59′) – 8

Wow. Arfield’s touch of class won Rangers the game. He’s been so good since van Bronckhorst was hired.

Kemar Roofe (on for Itten, 59′) – 5

Ryan Jack (on for Wright 76′) – 5

In other Rangers news, Fabrizio Romano has dropped a major update on Andreas Skov Olsen’s possible move to Ibrox.