By Sam Stone

18th Jan, 2023 | 9:51pm

Rangers player ratings v Kilmarnock: Jon McLaughlin horror show, Alfredo Morelos superb

Rangers completed yet another comeback victory as Michael Beale’s side sealed a 3-2 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

Chris Stokes’ sixth-minute goal put the home side ahead before an Alfredo Morelos brace and a superb finish from Ryan Kent put the Gers into a comfortable lead.

A late volley from Joe Wright turned out to be just a consolation for Killie. Here Ibrox News rates the players out of ten for their performances against Derek McInnes’ side.

Jon McLaughlin – 3

McLaughlin was caught in no man’s land for Stokes’ opening goal. Made a couple of routine saves but nothing spectacular. Was included in the team to command his box and sadly he failed miserably. Didn’t fill anyone with any confidence.

Connor Goldson – 5

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Tough opening ten minutes for Goldson but once he settled down he helped dictate the play well for the Gers. Staring to form a nice partnership with Davies. Early goals need to be prevented though.

James Tavernier – 6

Fairly comfortable performance from the Rangers skipper who didn’t really put a foot wrong. Didn’t lose possession and linked up well with Sakala on the right flank.

Ben Davies – 5

Struggled with Killie’s early pressure and looked slightly suspect from crosses. Grew into the game and looked more composed as it went on. Solid display but nothing out of the ordinary.

Borna Barisic – 4

Seemed to be half a yard off the pace at Rugby Park. Too often the ball seemed to outrun the Croatian and his delivery was largely poor. It’s been a difficult season for the left back and things don’t seem to be improving.

Glen Kamara – 7

Accomplished midfield performance from the Finland international who made a number of clever runs forward during the match. Furthermore, he displayed some quick feet to maintain possession for the Gers. Playing his way firmly into contention under Beale.

John Lundstram – 6

Kept things ticking over well in the middle of the park and didn’t really put a foot wrong. Had a couple of shots from the edge of the box, but couldn’t test Sam Walker in the Killie net.

Scott Arfield – 5

Very quiet performance from the veteran midfielder. At times it seemed as if he wasn’t on the field. Tried his hardest but things just didn’t quite work out for Arfield. Potentially he is better utilised as a substitute when he can make a difference in games.

Fashion Sakala – 7

Livewire for the Gers throughout the match and was responsible for the superb assist for Morelos’ equaliser. Linked up well with Tavernier and gave the Killie backline plenty to think about. Will be disappointed not to have scored at Rugby Park.

Ryan Kent – 7

Simply a magnificent finish for the Gers’ second goal and Kent’s influence on the game grew as it went on. Kent is thriving in the free role he’s being given by Beale. Yet again one of the Gers’ most effective attacking threats.

Alfredo Morelos – 9

Vintage number nine performance from the Colombian. His first goal seemed a relatively simple finish but it was anything but. He managed to deal with a bounce right before he struck the ball and directed it into the net brilliantly. He managed to keep his emotions in check after an incident with Daniel Armstrong and also registered an assist in the second half. His second goal was a wonderfully directed header. Man of the match performance.


Malik Tillman (on for Morelos, 79′) – 5

James Sands (on for Kamara, 83′) – 5

In other Rangers news, this Midlands-born EFL star is trying to “push through” a move to Ibrox.