Rangers bounce back from Champions League defeat with Kilmarnock win
Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images

Rangers bounce back from Champions League defeat with Kilmarnock win

Rangers bounced back from their Champions League disappointment against Union Saint Gilloise with a 2-0 victory over Kilmarnock as Alfredo Morelos marked his return with a goal.

The Ibrox side needed something of a confidence boost after a disappointing trip to Belgium during the week and eventually got their just rewards following a stiff first 45 at Ibrox.

Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images

Alfredo Morelos, returning with his new golden haircut to the rapturous choir of the Ibrox crowd, will steal the headlines but it was under-fire forward Antonio Colak who netted the important first goal.

The big Croatian striker has had a thankless task at times in his first few games in a Rangers jersey as the Ibrox side have struggled to find their level and the forward was singled out by Mark Hateley in the aftermath of the USG horror show.

But as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s decision to start the striker – as well as the Dutchman’s embrace when Colak left the field for Morelos – symbolised, the forward clearly has the backing of the Ibrox bench.

Rangers beat Kilmarnock with Colak and Morelos on scoresheet

The striker showed good composure to fire the ball low into the corner of the Kilmarnock net within the first 10 minutes of the restart after exchanging the ball with fellow summer signing Tom Lawrence.

From here it felt like there was something of an inevitably about the Rangers victory, if not for a few nervy Kilmarnock moments with the score at 1-0, before Alfredo Morelos sealed the points with minutes to play.

Morelos had been introduced alongside the spritely Rabbi Matondo, with Colak, Scott Wright and the impressive Malik Tillman heading off the park, with the blonde-haired Bufalo securing the points in Glasgow in a 2-0 victory.

This was a welcome result as Rangers showed character to overcome Kilmarnock against the backdrop of a hard-fought win away to Livingston and that defeat to Union Saint Gilloise.

Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images

Now, attentions will turn to the return leg against Union Saint Gilloise with many of these Rangers players – including young Turkish full-back Ridvan Yilmaz – getting their first taste of Ibrox.

The crowd’s attention will be laser focused on Champions League redemption and in the victory over Kilmarnock this Rangers side at least showed flashes that they’re capable of delivering.

Meanwhile, ahead of the game a leading fast-food chain dropped a major hint about some exciting Ibrox plans

LOGIN to Comment
LOGIN to Comment