Rangers played well in their match against Ayr United. The game was a potentially tricky one, but the team showed quality and desire throughout. Here’s a look at the ratings:
WES FODERINGHAM – 5
Foderingham is usually solid with the ball at his feet. It hadn’t cost a goal thus far. That run did have to end at some point though.
It was a poor touch on a pitch that wasn’t ideal, and it cost him. Not long afterwards, he came for a cross and misjudged the flight of the ball, almost leading to another goal. To his credit, he settled after that. He made a good save at 1-1 in the second half. He’ll take some lessons from the mistakes and it didn’t cost the team the game.
JAMES TAVERNIER – 8
Tavernier was captain on the day, and seemed to really enjoy it. Defensively, very little got past him. As always, he put in some great crosses, a couple of which should have been converted. The change in formation meant he didn’t have Candeias in front of him, but it didn’t hamper his performance.
DAVID BATES – 7
Bates didn’t have a lot to do overall. Defended well when required, and kept things pretty simple. He’s still chasing his first Rangers goal, and will be annoyed by a header in the last minute from a corner which he should have done better with.
RUSSELL MARTIN – 7
Like Bates, Martin didn’t have a lot to do. With neither the surface nor the weather ideal for defenders, he done well when required.
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DECLAN JOHN – 8
John made a number of great runs forward in the match. He linked up well with Murphy, and the third goal came from his cross. He was always an outlet for the midfield, and enjoyed taking players on as often as possible. Unlucky with one effort in the first half after beating a few players.
SEAN GOSS – 9
Goss was involved in just about all of the good play from Rangers going forward. He assisted 3 of the goals, and another came from his shot rebounding off the bar. When you consider just how difficult the conditions were, his passing and control of the match was all the more impressive. The cross for the Windass headed goal was absolutely perfect.
GREG DOCHERTY – 7
Docherty took a little time to get going in the match, but once he settled he was solid. Had a couple of efforts at goal which were blocked, and should have had at least one assist. When he played more centrally in the second half, he improved a lot. This was a good start for him.
JAMIE MURPHY – 8
Murphy definitely splits fan opinion. During the game, he was taking a bit of criticism from some fans. By the end, after his goal, most were pretty happy at how he’d done. He was playing a different role in this game, and showed his versatility. His link up with Morelos for the fourth goal was excellent, and he was involved in a few other goals as well. Hopefully, the goal he scored will see him kick on even further in upcoming matches.
JOSH WINDASS – 9
Windass finished the match with 2 goals, and should have scored at least one more. His header onto the bar in the first half was a great chance. He also put in some outstanding crosses which were unlucky not to be tapped in by the strikers. His pace and strength was perfect for a game like this.
ALFREDO MORELOS – 9
When Morelos missed that sitter, there’s no way you’d imagine he’d be worthy of a 9 rating. However, he recovered quickly, and so well, that he was more than deserving. His first goal was a nice finish, and showed he wasn’t affected by the miss. The second of his goals came from him starting and finishing a move. Played really well overall, should have scored a couple more, and proved his mental strength.
JASON CUMMINGS – 8
Cummings held the ball up well in testing conditions. The partnership between him and Morelos would need some work if it was to be maintained. However, they showed signs of it working, and the movement of Cummings was integral to that. His goal was a fantastic finish, and he’s probably the only player at the club capable of that just now.
KENNY MILLER – 3
Miller came on for a late run, and linked up well. Only had one effort at goal.
EDUARDO HERRERA – 3
Came on at the same time as Miller. Also linked up the play well, and almost caused a goal with his presence forcing a blocked cross to hit the post.
ANDY HALLIDAY was also brought on, but played for less than 10 minutes.
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