Player Ratings vs Ross County: Murphy & Martin shine

Rangers secured a fourth win in a row on Sunday, with it moving into second place in the Scottish Premiership, following a 2-1 victory at Dingwall over Ross County. Rangers were excellent in the first half but were made to sweat late into the second half after being left to rue a host of missed chances throughout the match.

WES FODERINGHAM – 7

A very comfortable afternoon for Wes by all accounts, after his heroics on Wednesday evening in the match with Aberdeen. Ross County didn’t manage one single shot on target in the first half, only coming to life after the interval.

He was never really tested and felt with everything that came his way, if I was looking for one criticism he might have dealt with the cross ball that led to a County penalty claim better.

JAMES TAVERNIER – 7

Got up and down all day, providing plenty of width and options in the process. Should have done better with his final ball on a number of occasions, including at a few set plays. Set up Murphy with a chance from a cross in the first half. Tavernier’s recent displays have been of such a high standard recently that this seemed like one of his quieter games. Has firmly established himself as one of the most important players in the team.

RUSSELL MARTIN – 7

Only his second game in a Rangers jersey and already looks like a great bit of business by Mark Allen to get him in. A leader at the back, strolled the game and defended well throughout the game. Had the cigars out in the first half. Penalty was extremely harsh on him, a very poor call by the official.

DAVID BATES – 6

Like his centre half partner, could well have spent the first half in the stand with the travelling bears, nobody would have noticed.  Had to defend a lot more in the second half and probably fortunate not to have given away a penalty after a handball incident. Not always the most prettiest on the eye, however dealt incredibly well with the physical presence of County and the movement of Ngog once introduced. Only denied a goal by the woodwork from a corner in the opening spell of the game.

DECLAN JOHN  – 7

Yet another solid display by the Welshman as he looks to make the left back slot his own long term. His forward runs helped set up Goss with a goal scoring opportunity in the first half. Far less adventurous after the break.  Not much defending of note to do.

JASON HOLT – 7

For the second game in a row the wee man found himself skippering the Gers. Had a almost certain goal deflected wide from the head of Fraser after only quarter of a hour. Typical performance full of energy, always available and looking to receive the ball. Gave the County players no time at all on the ball. Booked in the second half, had to walk carefully after that.

DANIEL CANDEIAS  – 7

The wide man’s work rate can never be called into question, chases back time after time to great effect. Got himself on the score sheet, opening the scoring after his on target but tame shot somehow was flapped at by the County keeper. If you don’t buy a ticket you can’t win the lottery. Should have put Cummings in late in the game, rather than opting to go alone.

JOSH WINDASS  – 5

Posted missing for long spells during the game, looked like a passenger at times. Has struggled to recapture his excellent form of pre winter break in the last two games. Only real play of note was a nice cut back and shot that was saved at the start of the second half. Has the ability to so much more of a factor in these matches. At his frustrating best for most of the game.

SEAN GOSS – 6

The on loan QPR player once again displayed some nice touches on the ball, deadly left foot from set plays that we probably should have taken advantage of especially in the first half. Struggled after the break when County got more physical. Will have to do more to keep his place in the side with competition stiff for places.

JAIME MURPHY –  8

Rangers best player on the ball, looks highly accomplished. Considering he hasn’t played a awful lot of first team action recently he was outstanding, dangerous every time he received the ball at his feet and drove at defenders. Can only improve once he regains match sharpness. Unlucky not to score from a header after a Tavernier cross.

ALFREDO MORELOS –  6

The Colombian front man will have better memories of encounters with Ross County, scoring a brace on his last visit it was a quieter afternoon this time around. Again did vital hold up play, should have possibly  scored after nice work down the right-hand side that included a nutmeg on Souttar.

JASON CUMMINGS  – 7

He told us all after signing in a interview with RTV we could expect goals from him in a Rangers jersey, so it was no surprise when Cumdog scored what turned out to be the winner on 82 minutes. Picked the ball up after a slack pass from the opposition, Cummings did what he does best and drove into space before cutting onto his left foot and firing a shot into the net, it took a slight deflection but take nothing away from Cummings, this was his goal in every which way. Rangers fans have every right to get excited when this young man is on the ball. He simply makes things happen.

GREG DOCHERY – 6

Replaced Goss with quarter of hour remaining and conducted himself well in that time. Seemed very much at ease in the Rangers side, despite only training with his new teammates on Friday.

ANDY HALIDAY – 5

On with just six minutes of time left on the clock. Very little opportunity to make a impact. Another player who hasn’t seen a load of first team action recently, most likely will get his chance on Wednesday night to showcase his claim for a starting jersey.

About the Author

Steven Harrigan
I am a rangers supporter living in Paisley.