Rangers brushed Dundee United aside this afternoon at Ibrox in a comfortable 4-0 win over the Tannadice side as Steven Gerrard’s side suffered a number of injuries ahead of Thursday’s Europa League qualifier.
The Gers boss made one change from his side’s last outing, replacing Filip Helander with Leon Balogun at the heart of defence, however, a knock sustained in the warm-up forced Balogun out and allowed Helander to re-take his place in the side.
There was then a double injury blow for the Gers as Ryan Jack and Brandon Barker both limped off in the opening 20 minutes – either side of Ryan Kent’s opener.
The Rangers star left a Dundee United defender for dead before slotting past Benjamin Siegrist to make it 1-0 after 13 minutes before James Tavernier made it 2-0 before the break with a close-range finish.
There was yet another injury blow for Rangers as Alfredo Morelos was stretchered off after coming on as a substitute himself after a horrific challenge that Kevin Clancy inexplicably though didn’t merit any action.
With the clock ticking away, Kemar Roofe made it 3-0 to put the seal on an impressive performance from the striker as he continues to get better with every game.
Rangers weren’t done there though when Ianis Hagi’s perfectly weighted pass was fired home by the Scott Arfield as the Canadian put a bow on an impressive performance and well-deserved three points.
Here’s how Steven Gerrard’s side performed against Dundee United:
Jon McLaughlin – 7
A spectator for long spells but had one or two shaky moments that saw him saved by his defenders. Another clean sheet as the keeper still waits for someone to put one past him this season.
James Tavernier – 8
The captain made his 250th appearance for the Light Blues and marked the occasion with a goal to make it 2-0 shortly before the break. A really impressive performance from Tavernier as he caused countless problems for the United defence.
Connor Goldson – 7
Another who strolled through the game and dominated the United attackers. Barely tested and dealt with anything that came his way comfortable.
Filip Helander – 7
Late inclusion into the starting XI but strolled through it beside Goldson. Every passing game makes it look clear that Goldson and Helander should be the first-choice pairing.
Borna Barisic – 7
Booked midway through the first-half after a bit of a ropey start from the Croatian international. Grew into the game and looked much more like his usual self with his dangerous runs and teasing crosses. Replaced by Bassey after 58 minutes.
Ryan Jack – 6
Went down injured after ten minutes with nobody near him and was replaced by Glen Kamara. Will be a big worry for the Gers ahead of their Europa League clash with Lincoln Red Imps on Thursday.
Steven Davis – 9
Northern Irish icon was the driving force in central midfield for the Gers, continually winning possession and letting others go forward with his incisive passing. If he can keep this sort of form up, he will give Gerrard some real tough decisions to make over his starting XI.
Ianis Hagi – 7
Lovely ball to Kent set up the opener and was moved out wide after Barker’s injury but worked hard and looked to make things happen for the Light Blues. Not everything came off for him but didn’t hide and kept trying to penetrate United’s defence. Two assists capped a good afternoon off for him.
Brandon Barker – 6
The winger lasted barely 20 minutes before he joined Ryan Kent and Leon Balogun in the treatment room. Started fairly positively but will need to wait and see the severity of his hamstring injury.
Ryan Kent – 9
Lovely goal to open the scoring after some nice play between Kent and Hagi left a Dundee United defender looking for a ticket to get back into Ibrox. A constant threat and really starting to show why Rangers paid £7million for him last year. Arguably his best game for Rangers yet.
Kemar Roofe – 8
Almost grabbed the second goal midway through the opening 45 after a clever pass by Morelos. Continues to look sharper with every game and his movement is fantastic to bring others into the game. Scored the third as Rangers threatened to run riot.
Substitutes: Glen Kamara (6) On for Jack 10 minutes in, working well with Davis in central midfield; Alfredo Morelos (6) On for the injured Brandon Barker and put in a fantastic shift; Calvin Bassey (6) On for Barisic and impressed with his hunger to get forward; Scott Arfield (7) Replaced Morelos after injury and may well have played his way into a start in Thursday.