Joe Aribo flops in Old Firm, John Lundstram incredible: Rangers player ratings v Celtic
Rangers booked their spot in the Scottish Cup final with a stunning comeback win over Celtic at Hampden Park on Sunday.
Substitute Fashion Sakala grabbed the all-important winner in the 114th minute winner when he poked home a Calvin Bassey cross.
Greg Taylor’s 64th-minute goal but the Hoops ahead before Scott Arfield, another Giovanni van Bronckhorst sub, levelled the scores in the 78th minute.
Hearts lie in wait for the Gers in the Scottish Cup final and here, Ibrox News rates the players out of 10 for their performances:
Jon McLaughlin – 5
We have no idea why van Bronckhorst thought it was a good idea to stat McLaughlin over Allan McGregor. The 40-year-old is easily the better goalkeeper. McLaughlin worried us for most of the game with his poor distribution but didn’t do anything out of the ordinary when it came to his shot-stopping.
James Tavernier – 6
Tavernier’s set-pieces were decent and his cross into the box helped make Arfield’s goal in the second half. The Rangers captain has had better and more effective games but he wasn’t bad by any means.
Connor Goldson – 6
Not a bad afternoon for Goldson at all. He stood up well to most of Celtic’s attacks and his ball to Tavernier helped create Arfield’s equaliser.
Calvin Bassey – 6
Bassey had a woeful game up until he moved to left-back and provided the match-winning moment with a cross into the box for Sakala. Was he offside? Who cares? He was excellent in extra time but terrible in the 90 and could have easily been sent off.
Borna Barisic – 5
Barisic’s crossing was absolutely woeful. He was nowhere near as good as he was against Braga but it was still a solid shift by the Croatian away from his delivery into the area.
Ryan Jack – 5
It was a disappointing afternoon for Jack, who struggled the more the game went on. Jack’s the best midfielder in Scotland on his day but today definitely wasn’t his day.
John Lundstram – 8
Lundstram’s strong run of form continued at Hampden Park. He almost scored in the first half when he hit the post and was great both in and out of possession in the midfield. Unfortunately, not many of Lundstram’s teammates were on the same level as him in the semi-final clash. Man of the match.
Aaron Ramsey – 4
Will we see Ramsey in a Rangers shirt again? The Welshman went off injured just before the half-time whistle and when he walked down the tunnel, he seemed to be holding his hamstring. During his time on the pitch, Ramsey was ineffective. Under-hit a pass to Ryan Kent when there was a really good opportunity.
Joe Aribo – 3
Aribo’s form since playing for Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations has been abysmal. It’s all well and good scoring beauties against St Mirren but winning Old Firm games is what this is all about here in Scotland. Is he ever going to get to grips with that?
Ryan Kent – 4
When is Kent going to step it up in an Old Firm game? He looked as though he started the game quite well but whether it was tiredness, his lack of consistency or Celtic marking him better, he went really quiet.
Kemar Roofe – 6
Roofe put himself about, had one or two decent half-chances to score and played well when he dropped in. He, unfortunately, faded after half-time but got the crucial touch to tee up Arfield’s goal.
Scott Wright (on for Ramsey, 43′) – 5
Steven Davis (on for Jack, 75′) – 6
Scott Arfield (on for Aribo, 75′) – 7
Glen Kamara (on for Lundstram, 102′) – 5
Leon Balogun (on for Barisic, 109′) – 5
Fashion Sakala (on for Roofe, 109′) – 8
Hit the bar, hit the winner. What an impact.