Rangers Player Ratings from League Cup final defeat to Celtic
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Rangers Player Ratings from League Cup final defeat to Celtic

Rangers fell to a 1-0 defeat to Celtic in Sunday afternoon’s League Cup final.

The first half was dominated by Steven Gerrard’s side, but despite numerous headed opportunities from set-pieces and several openings for Alfredo Morelos, they were unable to capitalise.

Rangers were throughout the game much to the disappointment of the manager. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The second period started in much the same fashion, with Rangers laying siege to the opposition goal.

Yet, when chance after chance went begging, it was Celtic who took the lead from a set-piece, with an offside Christopher Jullien tapping home at the back post.

The game looked to shift again shortly afterwards, with Frimpong sent off for a last-man foul on Morelos, who missed the subsequent spot-kick.

Gerrard made several attacking changes to try to make use of the extra man, but to no avail, as chances continued to be squandered right up to the final whistle.

Silverware eludes the Gers again, then, at a sodden Hampden.

Morelos sees his spot-kick saved by Forster. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Here’s how we thought the players fared:

Allan McGregor – 6

A spectator for the first half when Celtic failed to manage a shot on target [BBC Sport]. Couldn’t do anything about the opener. Narrowed the angle brilliantly when Johnston was put through one on one to keep his side in it with 20 minutes to go.

James Tavernier – 7

The skipper drove forward throughout the opening stages and delivered well from set-pieces as the Gers passed up several early headed opportunities. Tracked back well and showed impressive strength to snuff out a Hayes run towards the end of the first period. Continued to bomb forward in the second half, sending in more dangerous crosses, but fired his one shooting opportunity well over the bar. Worked tirelessly until the end and couldn’t have done much more.

Connor Goldson – 5

Utterly dominated aerially in the first half up against Lewis Morgan. Went close with a header in the early stages. Got far too tight to Edouard when he came on, giving away the free-kick which led to the Celtic opener. His game unravelled somewhat after that, with Edouard running him ragged and Christie skipping past him in the wide channel.

Filip Helander – 6

His pace stood up to an early examination when he won a foul off Morgan following a through ball. Untroubled in first half, but perhaps should have done better with a header from a corner. Looked to lose Jullien at the back post for the opener but the Celtic CB was offside. Subbed off for Katic in closing stages due to an injury.

Borna Barisic – 6

Pulled off a fantastic challenge on Frimpong in the opening stages during one of Celtic’s few forays forward. Extremely tidy first half. Not as influential going forward in the second, and his crossing was poor in the latter stages of the game.

Glen Kamara – 6

Competed well in the first half, fronting up physically to get the better of Brown and co. on several occasions. Booked shortly before the break for a pull-back on Frimpong. Subbed in the second half for Jermain Defoe following Frimpong’s red.

Ryan Jack – 7

His stunning strike from range after 13 minutes looked destined for the top corner before being clawed out by Forster. A slack pass presented Celtic a chance on the counter, but he made up for it with an outstanding last-ditch tackle. Ran off a knee injury before the break. Played a large part in Rangers’ dominance of the game, but attacking players couldn’t convert.

Scott Arfield – 6

Looked fired up from the off. Committed to 50/50s as Gers controlled the midfield in the first period. Booked in the second half after frustration got the better of him. Fired wildly over from range in the closing stages, became less influential as time wore on.

Joe Aribo – 5

Looked more prepared to commit to challenges than in September’s Old Firm. Linked up reasonably well in the first half without managing to get get a clear cut chance. Booked for a late challenge on Johnny Hayes before being substituted for Barker.

Ryan Kent – 4

A quiet first half, with the extremely soft surface not conducive to his trickery. Drifted inside in search of opportunities, but blazed his only real first-half sighting high over the bar. Not influential enough after the opposition went down to 10 men. Disappointing performance from the big-money signing.

Alfredo Morelos – 4

Full of running and movement, creating several chances for himself in the first half. He hit the target each time, but should have scored before the break. Saw a header from point-blank range saved by Forster shortly after half-time and then missed a penalty. Blazed an effort after the bar with ten minutes to go, then went agonisingly close in injury time. Created a lot of his own chances, but should have scored at least two or three, as his Old Firm struggles continue. Very fortunate not to be booked as his temper boiled over in the closing stages.

SUBS: Defoe (4), Barker (4), Katic (N/A)