By Doug Ward

24th Aug, 2022 | 9:48pm

Rangers are into the Champions League group stages after a 1-0 win against PSV at the Philips Stadion on Wednesday night earned a 3-2 aggregate victory over two legs.

Antonio Colak’s 60th minute tap-in secured the huge win for the Light Blues after an excellent piece of pressing by Malik Tillman flustered the PSV defence.

As far as victories go, none will be more lucrative than this at Ibrox this season and here, Ibrox News has rated the players out of 10 for their performances in the Netherlands:

Jon McLaughlin – 7

McLaughlin was superb in goals. While most of PSV’s best chances saw them miss the target, when they did, McLaughlin was on hand to bat away whatever was thrown at him.

James Tavernier – 6

It was a typical performance by Tavernier, who did brilliantly going forward and always threatened when getting the ball into the box. However, defensively, he was lacking and was often caught out too high up the pitch.

Connor Goldson – 5

If PSV were going to find a breakthrough, it was going to be because of Goldson. He was so lucky that Luuk de Jong went off injured at half-time because the PSV captain outmuscled Goldson at every opportunity. It was a weak display by the English centre-back, who was outshone by his centre-back partner.

James Sands – 9

Was that Sands’ best performance in a Rangers shirt? We think it might well have been. We’ve been worried for our defence whenever Sands is starting at centre-back but he more than stood up to the task in Eindhoven.

Borna Barisic – 4

Sigh. Why hasn’t Ridvan Yilmaz taken Barisic’s spot in the starting line-up yet? PSV knew our weak point and they exposed it over and over again. Barisic didn’t look bothered when they were firing crosses into the box, everything wa so half-hearted. Terrible.

John Lundstram – 7

The ‘Silky Scouser’ was in good form at PSV. He was so unlucky to not score in the first half and he never shirked out of a challenge. It was a good night for Lundstram.

Glen Kamara – 8

We haven’t seen Kamara at his best for a while but he was in superb form against PSV. He commanded the centre of the park with his passing and defensive positioning. He and Lundstram were great together.

Tom Lawrence – 7

Lawrence has shown a lot of promise in his early days as a Rangers player. He struck the bar in the second half after a superb piece of individual skill. He may have just been relegated from England’s Championship but he doesn’t look out of place in the Champions League.

Malik Tillman – 9 (Man of the match)

Incredible. Sensational. Wonderful. How do we describe this young man? Tillman is an absolute gem and Ross Wilson deserves a statue to be built outside of Ibrox for signing the USA attacker. He pressed brilliantly and forced an error by PSV to assist Colak’s goal.

Ryan Kent – 6

Kent showed a lot of promise in the first half but he faded as the game went on. Kent had a few sloppy touches but he also had some sensation ones. We don’t think Kent ever figured out what kind of game he was having.

Antonio Colak – 9

After a sluggish start, Colak grew into the game and was absolutely vital for Rangers. He won’t score a bigger goal for the club this season from a financial point of view with the 28-year-old scoring the winner in the 60th minute. It was just a tap-in but it was a just reward for some excellent play throughout the night.


Scott Arfield (on for Glen Kamara ’73) – 6

Scott Wright (on for Tom Lawrence ’73) – 6

Fashion Sakala (on for Antonio Colak, ’90+2) – N/A

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