By George Overhill

21st Jan, 2023 | 7:28pm

Rangers made it past St Johnstone into the next round of the Scottish Cup with a tight 1-0 win in a scruffy match that remained in the balance late.

After a fairly dull opening period saw few chances some lovely interplay down the right saw Malik Tillman release Fashion Sakala to fire a rasping shot against the far post, and Barisic expertly steered the rebound into the top corner just before the break.

On a night where were few moments of real quality Remi Matthews produced some excellent saves to prevent Rangers making the scoreline more comfortable, while James Tavernier hooked a late chance off the line to preserve the result.

Here, Ibrox News rates the Rangers players out of 10 for their performances at McDiarmid Park.

Allan McGregor – 6

Very little to do throughout as the home side rarely troubled the Light Blues goal but did make one important late save.

James Tavernier – 8

Dependable as ever. More of a midfielder than a defender for most of the evening but was there when he was needed to produce a vital goal line clearance inside the final 10 minutes.

Connor Goldson – 6

Looked less than comfortable on a few occasions with the ball bobbling on an uneven surface but led the backline sufficiently. Was inches away from making the result save before the hour when Matthews clawed his strong header off the line.

Ben Davies – 7

Composed performance alongside Goldson. Wasn’t under too much pressure for most of the game but moved the ball fine and was alert to snuff out a few late forays from the home side.

Borna Barisic – 9 Man of the Match

A solid performance overall was capped off with an excellent goal for the one moment of real quality in the game. Went close with a nice free kick before the half but made no mistake with a fantastic finish into the top corner just before the break. Doesn’t often score for Rangers but this one was a beauty in a game that was far from it.

Ryan Jack (off for Arfield ’92) – 6

Saw a lot of the ball in a scrappy midfield but often couldn’t really get it under control on a difficult pitch. Always available to receive a pass but his own range was slightly off at times. Had a number of shots from distance that were too often blocked.

John Lundstram – 6

Hardly dynamic but was under very little pressure recycling possession in the centre of the park. Felt like the sort of game he might thrive in but wasn’t overly prominent.

Fashion Sakala (off for Wright ’67) – 7

Direct and incisive in attack. Went close with one spectacular volley in the opening exchanges and it was his shot that was tipped onto the post for Barisic to open the scoring. Decent showing.

Malik Tillman (off for Kamara ’66) – 8

Good game in tricky conditions where he produced arguably the key moment. Showed his quality on the ball to link together some nice moves in a scruffy game that arguably didn’t particularly suit him. It was his beautiful back heel to spring Sakala in the build up for the opening goal. Strapped up with an ice pack after being replaced.

Ryan Kent (off for Lowry ’83) – 6

Nice work to produce the first real chance for Sakala early on and looked like a threat at times, but wasn’t able to show his quality often enough. Did play a lovely ball over for Morelos in the second half that should have been a goal.

Alfredo Morelos (off for Colak ’92) – 5

Grew into the game but was more effective linking play than getting on the end of, admittedly sparse, chances. Wasteful when opportunities did come his way though, with his radar well off and lacking his usual killer instinct.

SUBSTITUTES

Glen Kamara (on for Tillman ’66) – 6

Didn’t have a major impact on proceedings.

Scott Wright (on for Sakala ’67) – 7

Showed some good attacking intent that was often halted by fouls.

Alex Lowry (on for Kent ’83) – N/A

Antonio Colak (on for Morelos ’92) – N/A

Scott Arfield (on for Jack ’92) – N/A