Sport Rangers player ratings as Glen Kamara cruises midfield battle to help Ibrox side to victory
Steven Gerrard not focused on who are the Old Firm favourites
The perception has been of a pendulum swinging towards Ibrox. As misfortune mounted for Celtic, Steven Gerrard's Rangers are facing injuries of their own as the two sides prepare for battle.Punters began to pile money on an away win. Bookies responded accordingly. The odds on Steven Gerrard’s side repeating the success of their previous trip to Parkhead on December 29 last year have been trimmed.
It's not often that a team goes to Celtic Park and leaves without even having to deal with a shot on target.
Butdid it to take all three points in a comfortable victory over their biggest rivals and it was a dominant performance from the Ibrox side.
can be thrilled with his team as they won their individual battles all over the pitch but perhaps no more so than in midfield.
Steven Davis and Scott Arfield played their Hoops rivals off the park and it allowed them to build on double to make it an easy win.
How the Rangers players rated in Europa League win over Lech Poznan
Rangers hosted the Polish league runners-up at Ibrox for matchday two of the UEFA Europa League group stage this evening and © Rangers - player ratings It was a wet and windy night on the south side of Glasgow, but still the home side did enough to get a win – though it wasn’t their usual performance. © Needlessly conceded corner in first half. Watched a lot go wide of his goal but not a comfortable ni... Rangers were fairly average across the park and came onto a game, but Poznan caused them problems and didn’t allow the usual style of play to be imposed.
And here's how Craig Swan rated the players at Celtic Park.
ALLAN McGREGOR - Stranded when Elyounoussi missed an opportunity to lob him in the first period after a slip by Goldson. Used the ball safely before the interval with his feet. Recovered well to save from Griffiths in the closing stages. 7
JAMES TAVERNIER - Outstanding delivery from the right hand side for Goldson to score and fizzed an ambitious volley wide soon afterwards. Solid, strong and a swirling free-kick late in the game touched over the bar by Barkas. 8
CONNOR GOLDSON - Centre-back escaped the home backline to glance a delightful header into the net for the opening goal of the game from a Tavernier free-kick. Got away with slackness as Elyounoussi escaped in the first period and lobbed over. Sharp for a second goal. 8
Clive Tyldesley in Rangers fess-up as he bins commentary quirk that was driving fans mad
The legendary announcer has become a smash-hit on Rangers TV this season with his one-liners endearing him to the support.The legendary announcer has become a smash-hit on Rangers TV this season with his one-liners endearing himself to the Ibrox support.
FILIP HELANDER - Defender made an important intervention to deny Elyounoussi a chance to finish a McGregor cross at the near post. Swedish defender coped comfortably with most questions although did let Griffiths escape to go around McGregor. 7
BORNA BARISIC - Forged into attacking areas and slashed a shot high and wide when well placed at the far post. Was able to match the attacking runs of Frimpong down his side with good positional sense and one brilliant ball almost volleyed home by Kent. 7
GLEN KAMARA - Finnish international glided around the middle of the park picking the right moments to keep it short and simple or burst into advanced areas with examples of ball carrying. Brilliant patient play on the right brought the second goal. Cruised. 8
STEVEN DAVIS - Adopted a position at the base of the mdfield taking possession from his backline and moving it with simplicity. Rare moment of slackness after the interval cost his colleague Arfield a yellow card. 7
Alfredo Morelos looking for first goal versus Celtic at 13th attempt
For Alfredo Morelos, this chance to reshape an anguished Old Firm record is one few predicted he would receive. Morelos is yet to score having taken on Celtic twelve times in his career.Sent off on each of his last two visits to Celtic Park, the Colombian striker has endured a dozen derby appearances — nine of them starts — without scoring once.
SCOTT ARFIELD - Took up advanced areas to try and get in support of Morelos. Lovely movement inside the penalty area at the beginning of the second half to engineer space to fire across for Goldson to score his second. 7
BRANDON BARKER - Handed a big opportunity on the sides of Morelos and was urged by his manager to start offering a bit more with just a quarter of the contest having elapsed. Delightful through pass put Kent clear before Jack took over. 6
RYAN KENT - Winger switched sides early in the match and didn’t catch proper hold of a shot having darted inside from the right. Won the free-kick from Ajer which brought the opener, almost got away for a one-on-one against Barkas and volley blocked. 7
ALFREDO MORELOS - Colombian’s touch and movement was pretty good as he played a team role. Spoken to by referee John Beaton after a trip on Brown just before the interval. Linked it, held it and contributed without ever having a clear chance. Booked. 7
RYAN JACK - Neat and tidy in the engine room as he slotted easily into the contest to shore it up. 4
CEDRIC ITTEN - Swiss striker was handed the final moments by his manager. 2
JOE ARIBO - Last seconds for the playmaker. 1
5 unlikely Rangers derby heroes as Connor Goldson joins ranks of Celtic slayers .
Few would have backed the defender to put Celtic to the sword but he isn't the first surprise derby day match-winner.That didn't stop one punter putting down a fiver on a Goldson double ahead of kick off, and he walked away with £1500 after the defender scored both goals in a 2-0 win for Steven Gerrard's men.