By George Overhill

10th Apr, 2022 | 1:53pm

Rangers player ratings v St Mirren: Kemar Roofe flawless, teenager Leon King encouraging display

Rangers did what they needed to do against a poor St Mirren side, running out comfortable 4-0 winners with Kemar Roofe the star.

The Jamaican international scored at the very start and the very end of the first half, flicking a header into either corner of the net in very similar fashion, as an otherwise dull half saw Gers lose John Lundstram and Filip Helander to injury.

The home side offered very little, and Giovanni van Bronckhorst was able to remove players from the firing line ahead of the second leg in Europe, before Roofe completed his hat-trick, and Joe Aribo curled in a wonder-strike late on.

Here Ibrox News reviews the Rangers players out of 10 at St Mirren Park.

Allan McGregor – (7)

Primarily on watching duty for the duration. Was still awake enough to scramble across and keep one Alex Gogic shot out early in the second half, and tipped a late Alex Greive shot round the post.

James Tavernier – (7)

Did fine. A typically dangerous cross found Kent who assisted the early opener. Fired a well-placed free kick over. Dropped a perfect cross on Roofe’s head to double the lead as the clock ticked into a fifth minute of injury time before the half. Didn’t need to over-exert himself thereafter, but nearly scored.

Connor Goldson – (6)

Looked to be responsible for directing the back line with two players who haven’t started regularly to his left. Not especially pressured. Basically nothing to worry about, until late knock caused minor concern.

Filip Helander – (6) off for King ’45

Looked to keep it simple on a rare appearance at the back, and looked largely untroubled. Picked up an injury in an innocuous looking tangle with Eamonn Brophy just before the half and had to be helped from the pitch.

Borna Barisic – (8)

Looked fairly sharp in the early exchanges despite not having a huge amount of football recently. Laid a second-half chance on a plate for Wright who fired over. Good performance in the easiest of circumstances.

Aaron Ramsey – (7)off for Sands ’46

Neat play when he had time, less so when closed down, without providing anything especially incisive. Couldn’t get enough power on a shot from outside the box as the half approached. Hit the bar in first-half injury time when he really should have scored. Made up for it soon after by picking out Tavernier who assisted Roofe’s second. That goal meant he could be withdrawn at the half.

John Lundstram – (6) off for Davis ’25

Picked up what looked like a groin strain early and had to be replaced.

Joe Aribo – (8)

Lovely exchange with Kent saw the winger fouled and Alan Power receive a booking. Was generally involved without being the difference as the game fell into a lull after the opener. Changed that after the half, linking up with Sakala to get Roofe his third. Controlled the midfield in the second half and combined repeatedly with Sakala. Curled a long-range beauty in for the fourth.

Ryan Kent – (7) off for Wright ’46

Picked out Roofe with a pin-point cross to open the scoring almost immediately. Combined well with Aribo to draw a foul and a booking, which gave his captain the chance to go close with a free kick. Didn’t sparkle like sometimes, but did enough to earn a rest ahead of Braga.

Fashion Sakala – (7)

Disappointing start. Very little involvement in the first half. First real thrust saw Ramsey hit the bar late in the half. Immediately better after the break, combining well with Aribo to give Roofe his third, and hit the post himself soon after. Set up Diallo for a certain goal which was missed, as he improved greatly as the game went on.

Kemar Roofe – (10) – Man of the Match – off for Diallo ’62

Perfect outing. Looked lively in the first half. Made the ideal start as he looked to prove his worth with Alfredo Morelos out, flicking a well-directed header into the far after just two minutes. Nice control and release almost put Kent in for a second. Arguably Gers’ best player in the opening 45 minutes, providing flicks and lay-offs for the few opportunities that came about. Nodded an identical second goal into the opposite corner deep in first-half stoppage time. Perfect time to score both goals. Slammed in soon after the half to complete his first hat-trick for the Bears.

Substitutes

Steven Davis – on for Lundstram ’25 – (6)

Rare outing. Much like Ramsey he trotted around looking composed while not a great deal of action occurred before the half. Slightly more involved the break, but not majorly.

Leon King – on for Helander ’45 – (7)

Did well in only his second SPFL appearance, delivering a delicious cross that should have been converted before the hour. Hardly testing circumstances but encouraging display.

James Sands – on for Ramsey ’46 – (6)

Followed the Davis mould of doing nothing wrong, and nothing that stood out.

Scott Wright – on for Kent ’46 – (6)

Showed a few good bursts forward, driving towards the box. Skied a chance he should have scored.

Amad Diallo – on for Roofe ’62 – (6)

Somehow fired wide when a goal looked certain, otherwise not bad.

In other Rangers news, the club are “upset” and “perplexed” by what Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has said.