By Doug Ward

26th Oct, 2022 | 9:50pm

Ryan Kent in yet another stinker as Ridvan Yilmaz shines - Rangers player ratings v Napoli

Rangers’ rotten European form continued as they lost 3-0 to Napoli at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Wednesday night.

Giovanni Simeone made the most of some lacklustre defending to score the his two goals of the game in the 11th and 16th minutes.

Tanguy Ndombele hit the crossbar for Napoli and Alfredo Morelos missed two glorious opportunities to at least get Rangers on the scoresheet in Italy before Leo Skiri Østigård scored the third with a headed effort at a corner.

Here, Ibrox News rates the players out of 10 for their performances against the Serie A leaders:

Allan McGregor – 6

When called upon, McGregor did his job. He made a few strong saves to keep the scoreline from being embarrassing. He couldn’t do much about any of the goals as the damage was done by the outfielders.

James Tavernier – 4

Tavernier was posted missing for Napoli’s second goal when it came down our right-hand side. He was sloppy in possession, easily caught out and didn’t offer much at all in the attack. He’s obviously shattered but for some reason, the club didn’t think we needed another senior right-back option.

Leon King – 4

King is only a young lad so we cannot be too harsh. But he’s been so incredible out of his depth when he’s played in the Champions League for Rangers. He isn’t ready for matches like this.

Ben Davies – 3

Davies had a honking first half. The ex-Liverpool defender was booked early on for a rash challenge and switched off completely for Simeone’s first goal. Several minutes later, he could have done better again to stop Simeon’s second. It was a really bad night for Davies, who had a complete shocker.

Ridvan Yilmaz – 6

There weren’t many bright sparks and while Yilmaz’s performance wasn’t great, he was probably Rangers’ best outfield player against Napoli. Yilmaz struggled to stop crosses but he did every now and then snuff out a Napoli attack and his second-half cross into Morelos was easily the best bit of invention we saw in Italy. Yilmaz was our man of the match but it was slim pickings and it doesn’t mean he did that great.

James Sands – 3

We’re not sure what the club was thinking when they signed Sands. We also cannot see why van Bronckhorst persists with handing the midfielder a chance to play every now and then. Sands is woeful and we better hope the club doesn’t make his loan deal a permanent one.

John Lundstram – 4

So much for the ‘Silky Scouser’. He’s more like the ‘Lump of Liverpool’ now. Lundstram did nothing of note against Napoli except for get booked for a weird cynical foul when there was no need to. He’s offering nothing.

Malik Tillman – 4

Does Tillman think that he can just stroll around without a care in the world while playing for Rangers? Because that’s just what he did against Napoli. He had a few nice touches here and there but ultimately, it was yet another stinker for the USA international.

Scott Wright – 4

It was a dreadful first half by Wright. He failed to stop the cross that led to Napoli’s first goal and his poorly-executed pass to Alfredo Morelos robbed the Colombian of a chance to score a one-on-one. He was hooked at half-time by van Bronckhorst, who needs to stop persisting with the ex-Aberdeen attacker.

Ryan Kent – 2

Wretched. It’s pointless for him to turn up. Wright didn’t play well but why did van Bronckhorst think Kent could offer more than a player who at least was involved? We’ve had it with Kent and cannot wait for him to go.

Alfredo Morelos – 4

It was a night to forget for Morelos, who missed a one-v-one in the first half before missing the ball when Yilmaz’s cross was absolutely begging to be knocked into the net. Morelos still isn’t fit. We’re really concerned about him and he was substituted off not long after that second-half miss.


Fashion Sakala (on for Wright, ’46) – 5

Scott Arfield (on for Tilma, ’67) – 5

Antonio Colak (on for Morelos, ’68) – 4

Borna Barisic (on for King, ’76) – N/A

In other Rangers news, this Ibrox board member is “getting it in the neck” as an official partner calls for him to be sacked.