Rangers show post-Liverpool guts to defeat Motherwell in tricky clash


Rangers show post-Liverpool guts to defeat Motherwell in tricky clash

Rangers showed some resolve to bounce back from their Liverpool humiliation by winning at Motherwell amid huge pressure on manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

The Dutch coach and the Ibrox squad is now being tasked with proving themselves to the Rangers faithful after a series of embarrassing collapses this year have raised major doubts about the team’s mentality.

None more so was this fragility evident that during the week in the Champions League humiliation against Jurgen Klopp’s men and the trip to Motherwell loomed large almost from the moment Bears had opened their eyes the next day.

Rangers overcome pressure to defeat Motherwell

There are still plenty who have already made their mind up on Giovanni van Bronckhorst – and others who won’t be swayed by what was a turgid and difficult performance at times – but no-one can take the three points away from the under-fire Gers.

There is a hint of poetic justice in the fact that Rangers’ opening goal – which followed an uninspired first half which produced a mixture of yawns and frustrated roars up and down the country – came from a moment of magic from a summer signing.

The Gers hierarchy and management team are insistent this is the squad to deliver title 56 and had Malik Tillman not shown his quality to dance past the Motherwell defence and slot home we might never have broken the deadlock.

It was a majestic strike and followed on from what was a productive display by the Bayern Munich loanee, who dug deep and often won the ball back in the opposition half.

This was then followed up by a John Lundstram header from a Borna Barisic corner, both players currently in the midst of major Ibrox criticism for low-quality, low-influence performances.

The club’s goalkeeping woes were once again highlighted by Allan McGregor being beaten by Stuart McKinstry’s looping free-kick.

But with the groans getting louder the fingernails shorter, Rangers held on to win the day 2-1 and take a much-needed three points up the road to Govan.

There will be more convincing performances, and Giovanni van Bronckhorst is right when he says much improvement is still needed, but there will scarcely be a more important three points in the Dutchman’s tenure.

Until the next three…

Meanwhile, one clip from Sky’s coverage of the match appeared to show another key Rangers star carrying an injury.