A look at the match ratings from Rangers win over Hibs on Wednesday night.
WES FODERINGHAM – 9
A cracking performance from Foderingham. Made two good saves in the first half, and one excellent save in the second. Claimed a number of crosses, and never panicked once. The defence was under pressure all game, but were given more security by their goalkeeper.
JAMES TAVERNIER – 6
Tavernier had a very poor first half. Misplaced his passes constantly, and Hibs were finding a lot of space on his side. In the second half, he picked up his level. Hibs looked to run at him constantly, and he defended well. He was also more composed on the ball, which gave the team some brief moments of respite.
BRUNO ALVES – 6
Will be disappointed with the Hibs goal as he was caught out with the initial pass. His deflection just added insult to injury. His first half was a real mixed bag – he had that mistake, and a couple of others, but cut out some dangerous crosses really well. In the second half, the game suited him perfectly. The numerous crosses and seige-style defending are where he shines, and he improved hugely. His experience was vital as the team held on.
DANNY WILSON – 7
Wilson defended well the entire game. He gave away a few fouls, but those were his only real mistakes. With the pressure Rangers were under, it was difficult for him to find passes. He was composed on the ball, though, and that made a huge difference. In the past Wilson has been described as weak physically and mentally. In these last few games, he’s looked far better in both aspects.
DECLAN JOHN – 6
John had a similar performance to Tavernier. He wasn’t his best on the ball, and was put under real pressure defensively. For the most part, he done well, but there were a lot of crosses getting in from both sides. Like a number of our players, he’ll be happy to write this game off and look to improve in the next one.
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ROSS McCRORIE – 7
McCrorie was booked in the first half for kicking the ball away. He looked a bit frustrated at the inability of the team to hold the ball up in advanced areas. Despite that, he competed for every ball in midfield. He was a big reason Hibs were looking to get in crosses as they couldn’t break Rangers down centrally. Proved his worth yet again, and will hopefully have no after-effects to any injury issues.
JASON HOLT – 7
Like most players on the night, Holt struggled with his forward passing. Defensively, he put in a huge shift. His energy meant that the Hibs midfield couldn’t relax on the ball. In the rare times Rangers controlled possession, he was a big part through his movement. His touch which sent Windass away for the equaliser was a rare moment of quality in the game.
JAMIE BARJONAS – 6
This was a difficult game for Barjonas to be somewhat thrown into. At times, he looked confident and assured. He did misplace a number of passes, and get caught on the ball. For someone at 18, in a game against one of the best midfielders in the league, he can be happy enough with how he done. He’ll also be able to claim the assist for the winner, which will boost his confidence.
KENNY MILLER – 2
Didn’t last long on the night as his hamstring went, and he was replaced for Candeias
JOSH WINDASS – 7
His goal was an excellent finish, and he never stopped trying to get forward with the ball. The end product is inconsistent, but praise should be due for his determination. He would often try to press the defence into a mistake, but was alone in doing so. His goal aside, he put in a couple of great set-pieces.
ALFREDO MORELOS – 7
Before his goal, Morelos looked like he was having a poor game. He’d missed a great chance with a header, and nothing was working for him. The Hibs defence were able to outmuscle him often. His goal, however, was a good finish, despite the goalkeeper making a mistake. In the second half, Morelos worked very hard for the team. Service to him wasn’t great, but he tracked back, won the ball often, and played his part defensively. He had another great chance with a header which he somehow skewed the wrong way.
DANIEL CANDEIAS – 6
Candeias didn’t do well on the ball, but put in a real shift. He assisted Tavernier defensively, and whilst it wasn’t his best performance, his attitude was spot on.
DAVID BATES – 5
Won headers and cleared the ball well when he came on. He got beyond lucky with the penalty appeal, though. His substitution was a smart move by Murty.
EDUARDO HERRERA – 2
Came on late in the game and won a couple of free kicks to ease some pressure.
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