Harry Kane double seals win for Tottenham as Spurs edge past Rangers

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Harry Kane double seals win for Tottenham as Spurs edge past Rangers

Rangers rounded off their pre-season campaign this afternoon with a 2-1 defeat by Tottenham at Ibrox as Spurs claimed the Walter Tull Memorial Cup.

The Light Blues named a strong starting XI for the meeting with Antonio Conte’s side with several of Gio van Bronckhorst’s summer signings taking their place in the side.

Antonio Colak, Tom Lawrence, Rabbi Matondo and John Souttar were all handed starts while Malik Tillman took his place among the subs for the Gers.

The visitors named a strong side too with Harry Kane and Son Hi-Meung both starting in attack for Spurs as they went with a very-close-to-full-strength XI.

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Rangers had to hang on a little bit in the opening ten minutes as Spurs tried to carve the Light Blues open but the Gers quickly found themselves in the ascendency as the opening 45 reach the halfway point.

Both sides were moving the ball around pretty well without really testing the other’s keeper with Glen Kamara and Antonio Colak, in particular, snapping into challenges and keeping the Premier League side on their toes.

The pressure from the Light Blues eventually paid off in the 24th minute when Colak opened the scoring as he netted his first goal for the club.

Matondo done fantastically to get past the defender before crossing in to Tavernier who saw his flick fall nicely to Colak to roll the ball beyond Hugo Lloris.

Moments later it was almost 2-0 when Lawrence found himself with space inside the box but could only watch as his clipped effort went just over the bar.

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Spurs again started to take control of the game having fallen behind and Allan McGregor had to make a couple of saves to deny Tottenham as they looked for an equaliser; Kulusevski, Dier and Kane all having efforts saved by the Ibrox veteran.

The visitors kept pushing to draw level and were adamant they should have been awarded a penalty in the final seconds of the half for a challenge by John Souttar but referee John Beaton only awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area.

After Kane fired it against the wall, Beaton brought the opening 45 to a close with Rangers going in still in front but having been under the cosh a little.

However, while Spurs had the majority of the chances, Rangers had responded well each time that the visitors tried to increase the tempo and that would have been even more pleasing for van Bronckhorst than the scoreline.

The Gers boss resisted the temptation to make any changes at the break, sticking with the same XI that started whiles Spurs made a couple of substitutions with Lucas and Bissouma replacing Bentancur and Royal.

Spurs were immediately up the pitch after the restart as Sessegnon forced a save from McGregor as he charged down on goal, giving away a corner.

The visitors eventually got themselves back on level terms five minutes after the restart, Harry Kane firing home from inside the area with a lovely finish just inside the back post.

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Shortly afterwards, it was 2-1 Spurs as Kane grabbed his second of the afternoon, rifling home as the Premier League side kept Rangers pinned in and forced the Light Blues into an error before capitalising.

As the game reached the hour mark, Spurs made another couple of changes, Richarlison and Perisic coming on for Kulusevski and Sessegnon before Rodon came on moments later to replace Eric Dier as some of the sting went out of the game, on and off the pitch.

Rangers would eventually make some changes of their own as Malik Tillman, Scott Wright and James Sands were introduced with 20 minutes left, taking over from Tom Lawrence, Rabbi Matondo and John Souttar.

Just as some football threatened to break out, Spurs made four changes – ex-Celtic keeper Fraser Forster among those coming on.

Once the changes were finally over and the game got back underway, Rangers started putting some pressure on Spurs again, Tillman feeding Kent before Wright saw an effort deflected as Spurs scrambled to clear.

Sands probably should have made it 2-2 when he managed to get a free header at the back post but his effort was help by Forster.

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As the minutes ticked away, there would be little more in the way of action but, despite the result, there were plenty of positives for Rangers to take from the game.

The XI that started today may well be the XI that starts next weekend against Livingston and the early signs are certainly positive.

Rangers: McGregor, Tavernier, Lundstram, Goldson, Colak, Lawrence, Kent, Souttar, Matondo, Kamara, Barisic.
Subs: McLaughlin, McCrorie, Jack, Davis, Katic, Wright, Fashion Jr, Arfield, McCann, King, Devine, Tillman.

Tottenham: Lloris, Romero, Dier, Sanchez, Royal, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Sessegnon, Kulusevski, Kane, Son.
Subs: Forster. Austin, Spence, Doherty, Tanganga, Rodon, Lenglet, Perisic, Sarr, Bissouma, Bryan, Lucas, Richarlison

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