Malik Tillman and Scott Arfield save the day: Rangers player ratings in 2-1 win v Livingston
Rangers kicked off their Scottish Premiership campaign on Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 win aginst Livingston at the Tony Macaroni.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst handed full debuts to three of his new signings with John Souttar, Tom Lawrence and Antonio Colak all starting in the side.
It started terribly going 1-0 down inside minutes, but a Scott Arfield header and James Tavernier smashing in a free–kick meant that we start the season with a big three points.
Ibrox News has rated the players out of 10 below…
Jon McLaughlin – 6
The stopper conceded with the first effort of the match but there was little he could do about it. After that, he made one simple save and had nothing else to do.
James Tavernier – 7
A frustrating afternoon for the most part with the skipper popping up in promising areas throughout but never managing to make it count – until he did what he does best and found the back of the net with a curling free-kick, absolute vintage stuff.
John Souttar – 4
Not the best of starts. Souttar would have been hoping for a calm afternoon but when he was turned by Joel Nouble who scored within minutes, it simply wasn’t good enough.
Connor Goldson – 7
Solid from Goldson, who continued to show why he is the best centre-half in Scotland with a calm presence in and out of possession that is so priceless every single week.
Borna Barisic – 5
The quality of delivery at times in that first half was embarrassing, and we could blame the pitch, but as a top-level player with international experience, you have to be better.
John Lundstram – 7
Another solid out from big John, who kept things ticking over and made sure that nothing could come from the home side if they did win possession in the end.
Glen Kamara – 7
Kamara was pivotal at times in the middle of the park too, working hand-in-hand with Lundstram to completely dominate that area of the pitch with ease.
Tom Lawrence – 6
The Welsh maestro worked tirelessly in and out of possession and made numerous big tackles to win the ball back, but his output in the final third was underwhelming, to say the least.
Scott Wright – 5
Frustrating to say the least, with no real consistency from the winger, who was consistently fouled and not allowed to get into his rhythm before he was taken off.
Ryan Kent – 8
Kent is simply magic in this side, and he will be key to all of our chances of silverware. The Livingston defence was tormented all afternoon and he would have taken an assist home if Antonio Colak wasn’t wrongly ruled offside in the second half.
Antonio Colak – 7
Positive signs from the big target man, who took the disallowed goal well and was a nuisance throughout for the home side and hopefully can keep improving each week.
Subs: Malik Tillman – 8, Scott Arfield – 8 – Dream duo.
In other Rangers news, Ross Wilson now has names lined up just in case Alfredo Morelos seals his exit this summer