By Doug Ward

9th Nov, 2022 | 9:37pm

Giovanni van Bronckhorst may have earned himself more time as Rangers manager after his side narrowly won 1-0 against Hearts at Ibrox on Wednesday night.

Malik Tillman’s 66th-minute goal was enough for the Gers to earn all three points and maintain a seven-point gap behind Celtic in the race for the Scottish Premiership title.

Boos rung out at half time and it wasn’t the most convincing of displays but a win is a win and it remains to be seen how this affects van Bronckhorst’s job safety at Ibrox.

Here, Ibrox News rates the players out of 10 for their performances:

Allan McGregor – 5

McGregor had to make a big save early on but after that, he didn’t really have anything to do so it’s hard to say too much about the veteran goalkeeper’s outing.

James Tavernier – 4

Tavernier was an empty jersey against Hearts. He didn’t have a lot to do defensively but was barely involved in the attack. We’ve noticed this season that he’s not getting forward as much. Is it because he’s 31 years old now? Is it a change of tactics? Is he being too conservative on a personal level? It’s worrying that our captain just really isn’t himself anymore.

Leon King – 5

King’s only young and he’s had a baptism of fire since his forced promotion to the senior side. We just hope the Champions League batterings haven’t ruined the young lad’s confidence because he still doesn’t look too solid in Premiership games. Ridiculous yellow card late on for a lunge high up the pitch.

Ben Davies – 6

Davies looked way more composed than King. Whenever he was called upon, he was fairly solid and did his job well.

Borna Barisic – 7

Barisic has improved a bit in recent weeks, in our opinion. He started the season badly but in an attacking sense, he’s certainly started to offer a lot more. He peppered some good crosses into the box against Hearts and his low cross for Tillman’s goal in the second half was perfect.

James Sands – 5

Sands didn’t have a bad game before he was substituted off at half time. It’s unclear whether or not the USA international was taken off with an injury after being left in a heap on the ground by Lawrence Shankland. He played on afterwards but it was just an average display overall.

John Lundstram – 5

Lundstram’s not had a good game for a while. He’s a steady performer without doing much great in the middle.

Rabbi Matondo – 3

Matondo offers absolutely nothing. The 22-year-old Welshman was playing for Cercle Brugge last season and barely did anything while on loan at Stoke the seasons before. He’s not Rangers standard. It’s so painstakingly obvious.

Malik Tillman – 8

Tillman was easily Rangers’ brightest spark. If his fellow attackers were on the same wavelength, it could have been a different story. The on-loan Bayern Munich attacker showed that he’s a class above Hearts players with his technical ability. It was a good show as to why we should sign Tillman permanently but he needs to play like this more often. Still, there’s a lot of room for improvement though. Our man of the match.

Ryan Kent – 7

Kent showed his quality in flashes against Hearts. And when he showcased his ability it in the second half, was did brilliantly to beat a few Hearts defenders before playing the ball out wide to Barisic, who assisted Tillman’s goal. Finally, something to praise Kent for. He caused mayhem not long after and was unfortunate that Alfredo Morelos failed to tap his cross into the net.

Antonio Colak – 3

Wretched. We’ve heard all the talk about Morelos not being himself this season but Colak is gradually getting worse, it seems. He had plenty of chances to get in behind and trouble Craig Gordon in the Hearts goal but it just never happened for him. He was slow, sluggish and second to almost every ball he chased. It’s just not good enough.


Scott Arfield (on for Sands, ’46) – 5

Kevin Thomson gave him RangersTV’s man of the match but we have no idea why.

Scott Wright (on for Matondo, ’61) – 7

Changed the game after he came on.

Alfredo Morelos (on for Colak, ’67) – 6

Some good play. He looked way better than Colak.

Glen Kamara (on for Tillman, ’85) – N/A

In other Rangers news, this former Premier League manager is a “standout” choice to replace van Bronckhorst if he’s sacked.