By Sam Stone

15th Sep, 2022 | 2:10pm

Daily Mail Rangers player ratings v Napoli: James Sands horror show

Rangers delivered a much-improved display despite going down 3-0 to in form Serie A leaders Napoli at Ibrox in their second Champions League group game.

The Daily Mail has delivered their player ratings for Rangers, with James Sands and Borna Barisic taking the brunt of the criticism after poor performances.

Allan McGregor was, unsurprisingly, Rangers highest rated player with 8.5 after two outstanding penalty saves in the second half.

Daily Mail ratings

Three players were awarded 6/10, but it was Sands who was given the lowest rating after giving away a second-half penalty which led to his sending off.

The Mail wasn’t impressed with Sands’ ill-discipline, they wrote (15 September): “Vital tackle on Zielinski late in the first half, but blotted his copybook with two quickfire bookings. Sent off for fouling Simeone for the first penalty.

Unfortunate for Sands

The penalty awarded against Sands seemed extremely harsh at first, but when slowed down, the referee made an excellent call, as the American missed the ball completely before making contact with the Napoli forward.

However, apart from the penalty, the American was far from the worst player on the pitch and in fact, it was Connor Goldson’s rash positioning which allowed for the incident to occur in the first place.

There’s also a good argument to suggest that Barisic endure a much tougher evening, particularly in the first half where he was slow on the ball and dispossessed a number of times by Matteo Politano.

However, the performance, on the whole, was so much better than the Gers previous two outings against Ajax and Celtic and 3-0 certainly flattered Napoli on the night.

The game swung on the red card and the Serie A side still needed a penalty to break the deadlock when playing against ten men.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst should take plenty of positives from this fixture as he looks to get his side backfiring on the domestic front this weekend.

In other Rangers news, Nigel Farage has demanded major action from the Gers and from Chelsea after what happened in the Champions League this week.