Rangers are making the most of the winter break by undergoing a ‘mini pre-season’ and Steven Gerrard’s side were in action today as they faced Uzbekistani Super League side Lokomotiv Tashkent – with the Gers romping to a 6-1 win.
Steven Gerrard changed his entire side at half-time after going in 2-0 up at the break thanks to goals from Jermain Defoe and Sheyi Ojo.
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It didn’t take long for Rangers to extend the lead as Steven Davis rifled home from distance after picking the ball up from Greg Stewart and driving forward from midfield then firing into the top corner.
Tashkent looked to be trying to limit the damage done by the Gers in the second half but Jordan Jones was next up to have a really good chance to add to the scoreline.
Glen Kamara’s pass found Jones unmarked but the Northern Ireland international fired straight at the keeper.
Ryan Kent started to really find his stride and began to torment the Tashkent defence as Rangers looked for a fourth goal as the game lost any sort of intensity that it had earlier.
With 20 minutes left, the fourth goal came as James Tavernier got his name on the scoresheet.
The captain headed home Kent’s cross from a few yards out after Kent left a defender on his backside before hanging the ball up for Tav to head home.
The goal saw Gerrard make a couple more changes as Tavernier and Kent were replaced by Academy stars James Maxwell and Kai Kennedy for the final 20 minutes.
Tashkent got a consolation with the clock ticking down as Rangers were caught out by a big punt upfield and Andy Firth rushing out a little soon.
The four-goal cushion was restored moments later though when the Gers were awarded a penalty which Greg Stewart despatched perfectly.
Stewart grabbed one more right at the death thanks to Greg Docherty’s driving run as the midfielder burst forward and sent Stewart beyond the defence to finish well.
With the scoreline beyond doubt, it was a good run out for Rangers as they prepare to return to Scotland and compete for the title and a continued Europa League run.
Here’s how Rangers performed in the second-half:
Andy Firth – 6
The third-choice keeper was given a rare run-out but, much like Foderingham in the first half, he had almost nothing to do. Maybe caught out a little bit at the goal.
James Tavernier – 7
Typical Tavernier performance as he got up and down the right. Wiped out a Tashkent defender with a cross which he took square in the face. Scored the fourth with a header before being replaced.
Connor Goldson – 6
Easiest 45 minutes he’ll have had in a Rangers shirt although will be disappointed to have not kept a clean sheet.
Jon Flanagan – 6
Played in central defence alongside Goldson and had little to do.
Andy Halliday – 6
Halliday worked away down the left but rarely tested defensively as Rangers controlled the game.
Greg Docherty – 7
Industrious performance in midfield as the rarely-seen midfielder was given a chance to impress. Used the ball well and helped keep the Gers on the front foot. Showed up well and will be hoping for another opportunity against Stranraer. Set up Stewart for the sixth goal.
Steven Davis – 7
The veteran made it 3-0 shortly after the restart with a fantastic strike from distance. Controlled the tempo as Rangers strolled through the second 45.
Glen Kamara – 7
Never looks flustered and makes everything he does look so graceful and smooth. Will be happy enough with his performance.
Jordan Jones – 6
Good chance to make it 4-0 but fired straight at the keeper. Worked well and will be hoping to kickstart his Gers career after five months out injured.
Ryan Kent – 7
Kent had one strike which went out for a throw-in but it seemed to fire him up a bit as he caused problems for the defence. Set up Tavernier’s goal before being replaced by Kai Kennedy.
Greg Stewart – 8
Offers something very different to both Defoe and Morelos when played as the central striker and often found himself coming deep to allow others, like Kent, to run beyond. Will be hoping for a chance in competitive games as Morelos sits out through suspension. Well-taken penalty to make it 5-1 before adding a second at the death.
Substitutes: Kai Kennedy – Replaced Ryan Kent, James Maxwell – Took over from Tavernier for the final 20 minutes,