Player Ratings as Rangers lose in Leverkusen
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Player Ratings as Rangers lose in Leverkusen

Rangers were knocked out of the Europa League on Thursday evening by Bayer Leverkusen.

The Gers lost 1-0 on the night in the behind-closed-doors second leg at the BayArena, with the hosts sailing through to the quarter-finals courtesy of a 4-1 aggregate scoreline.

Moussa Diaby scored the winner on the night for Bayer Leverkusen against Rangers. (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Pool via Getty Images)

The game was something of a free hit for Steven Gerrard’s side, but they were outclassed on the night and could have lost by more goals had their opponents been sharper in front of goal.

Here’s how we thought the Rangers players fared:

Allan McGregor – 6

Largely a spectator in the first-half despite Leverkusen’s dominance and nothing he could have done about Diaby’s goal shortly after the restart. Sharp save from Havertz spared Goldson’s blushes.

James Tavernier – 5

Struggled to affect the game in attack and although he showed calmness in possession in the first half, he failed to track the run of Diaby for the only goal of the game.

 Connor Goldson – 7

A manful effort from Gerrard’s no.1 central defender. Got lucky when McGregor saved from Havertz following his sloppy pass, but the Englishman has been impressive in Europe and was one of the best in white on the night. Saw a header cleared off the line in the 71st minute.

Filip Helander – 7

Got caught under the ball in the first half as Havertz streaked clear only to fire wide. Overall, though, very encouraging display for a player who has been out of competitive action since December. Defended his own box well showing a good appetite to win headers and made a great block from Florian Wirtz.

Filip Helander in action for Rangers against Bayer Leverkusen. (Photo by MARTIN MEISSNER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Borna Barisic – 6

Picked out Morelos with a pinpoint cross early on but struggled to get involved in an attacking sense thereafter, until he forced a save from Hradecky with a decent shot in injury time. Struggled at times with the movement of Havertz but not a bad showing.

Ryan Jack – 5

Worked hard in the middle of the park but was unable to impose himself on proceedings. Still looks to be warming up and Gerrard needs him to recapture his best form sooner rather than later.

Steven Davis – 5

Few genuine errors on the ball but looked off the pace in his first game of the season as Leverkusen’s fresher and sharper midfielders dominated the middle of the park.

Brandon Barker – 5

Showed pace, intent and a few nice touches early on without going on to produce anything of note. Missed big opportunity to show what he can do in his first competitive start since November. Subbed after an hour.

Joe Aribo – 7

Not quite as influential as he has been in pre-season or at Aberdeen at the weekend but showed flashes of real quality. Technically he didn’t look out of his depth and came into the game a little more as the Gers searched for a consolation goal in the final stages.

(Photo by Martin Meissner/Pool via Getty Images)

Ryan Kent – 5

Buzzed about during the opening stages but rarely received the ball on the front foot and was unable to make anything happen. Subbed to save his legs for St Mirren.

Alfredo Morelos – 4

Had a tough task as the lone striker but was hugely disappointing. The Colombian international was often outpaced and outmuscled by Edmond Tapsoba and fluffed his lines when presented with a golden opportunity early on. One goal in his last 14 appearances is a poor return.

SUBS: Ianis Hagi 6, Scott Arfield 5, Jordan Jones 5, Nathan Patterson + Greg Stewart n/a

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