Rangers are once more three points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership after a 2-0 win over Hamilton which saw the Light Blues record a sixth consecutive clean sheet to start the season.
The Gers named one change from the win over Kilmarnock last weekend as Cedric Itten dropped out of the squad completely to be replaced by Ianis Hagi – leaving Gers fans concerned before kick-off.
Two goals in a five-minute spell in the first half had the Gers cruising as Ianis Hagi and James Tavernier netted for Steven Gerrard’s side.
Rangers could have – and probably should have – scored more but will come away happy enough with the win and another shutout going into the international break.
Here’s how Steven Gerrard’s side performed against Hamilton:
Jon McLaughlin – 7
The keeper had another quiet afternoon as his defence mopped up the few forays forward Accies made. A little bit busier in the second half but never looked like conceding. Brilliant save 15 minutes from the end.
James Tavernier – 8
Skipper made it 2-0 after 20 minutes and was a massive threat for the Accies defence with his runs forward. Some of his crosses let him down a bit later on but an impressive afternoon from the captain.
Connor Goldson – 8
Booked for a silly tackle on Winters midway through the first half but strolled through the game again as the Gers made it six shutouts from six in the league.
Filip Helander – 7
Return from injury continues with another confident performance. Partnership with Goldson continues to grow too and will surely continue in the side after the winter break.
Borna Barisic – 7
The Croatian international is just the model of consistency for Gerrard’s side and, depite not excelling, he kept working away down the left and posing problems with his crossing.
Steven Davis – 7
The veteran midfielder was looking much more like his old self as he sprayed passes around from the middle of the park. Looked a bit leggy as the game wore on but another good shift from the Northern Ireland international.
Ryan Jack – 7
A much livelier performance from the Scotland international and looked to move the ball forward quicker. Meshed well with Davis in midfield but needs to offer more in attack sometimes.
Brandon Barker – 5
After impressing against Kilmarnock last weekend, fans were hoping for similar but it wasn’t a good afternoon for Barker as he looked to overthink everything.
Ianis Hagi – 6
Back in the side in place of Cedric Itten and opened the scoring 15 minutes in. Flitted in and out of the game without ever imposing himself on it. Showed some flashes of his quality but nowhere near enough. Replaced by Arfield with eight minutes left.
Ryan Kent – 9
Excellent performance by the in-demand Rangers star as he drove the Light Blues forward. Kent was a the heart of pretty much everything the Gers threw forward and the only thing missing from his performance was a goal. If Rangers can get this Ryan Kent every week, it’ll take much more then £20million to lure him away.
Kemar Roofe – 7
Worked hard but really should have got his name on the scoresheet. It’s clear that he is getting sharper though and the international break probably comes at the worst possible time for him.
Substitutes: Scott Arfield (5) Greg Stewart (5)