Yet again, it was the play of the attack-minded players which impressed as Rangers beat St Johnstone on Tuesday night. Fans came away from the game thinking that 4 goals was taking it easy on the Perth side. There were a few candidates for man of the match, in my opinion.
Two of those were Sean Goss and Greg Docherty. They’re only a few games in to a midfield partnership, but they seem to work very well together. Goss played his usual composed game, and scored a great free kick. His pass which led to Morelos winning the penalty was excellent. He was filling in well defensively when gaps were left, and offering security to the full backs. With his style of play, the team can play on the front foot which allows attacking players to thrive.
Docherty set up the second goal with a delightful pass. Replays show that the ball came to him and bobbled a little, but he was still able to cushion it perfectly for Windass to score. Added to that was his general play, where he made a number of interceptions. He was ghosting past players in a central area, something he’s strong at as he’s able to go either side comfortably. His weight of pass was good throughout the match, even though the conditions weren’t perfect.
Both Goss and Docherty seem to have settled in very quickly, and there’s more to come from both. On the night, though, I felt the man of the match was Alfredo Morelos. His goal was excellent, and very difficult to do justice to by just describing it. The movement which led to him winning the penalty got Rangers off to a great start, and was impressive. Despite missing a good chance, and having a goal chopped off, he kept working hard. The St Johnstone defenders got little change out of him, and were forced into multiple mistakes. He earned his goal, and should probably have had an assist as well for the link up with Cummings.
Throughout the night, Terry Butcher on BT Sport tried to make some sort of joke about the improvement he was seeing in Morelos. In truth, the Rangers fans weren’t surprised by how he played. It was definitely one of his better nights overall, but we all knew he was capable of that. The formation and style of play demands that the striker is good at almost everything. Morelos is certainly on his way to becoming that sort of player.
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