Rangers player ratings after fantastic 1-0 win over Legia Warsaw
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Rangers player ratings after fantastic 1-0 win over Legia Warsaw

Rangers booked their place in the Europa League group stage draw with a 1-0 win over Legia Warsaw after a fantastic night of football at Ibrox – and the had Alfredo Morelos to thank after the Colombian’s goal in the 90th-minute.

Steven Gerrard made four changes from Sunday’s win over St. Mirren with Niko Katic, Steven Davis, Sheyi Ojo and Alfredo Morelos replacing Filip Helander, Glen Kamara, Jordan Jones and Jermain Defoe.

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Both teams started on the front foot and it was Rangers who had the best early chances as, twice, they won the ball back on a high press and pushed the Legia defence back but wasted the opportunities.

It really should have been 1-0 after 10 minutes when Ryan Jack twisted and turned on the edge of the box before lofting the ball right onto Alfredo Morelos’ head but the Colombian somehow headed wide of the post from inside the six-yard box.

Despite the nervy atmosphere at Ibrox, there was no real sign of it getting to the Rangers players and Gerrard’s side looked good in possession, although lacked a little bit of ruthlessness in the final third.

With the visitors looking to do what they could to disrupt the flow of the game, the Legia players were quick to go down under the slightest bit on contact in a bid to win free-kicks.

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Legia had their first chance real chance of the game just after the 30th minute when Luquinhas got a lucky bounce which bamboozled Tavernier before firing straight at Allan McGregor from inside the area.

With the opening 45 ticking away, Rangers starting putting Legia under more pressure as they looked to break the deadlock but Legia’s defence was able to continue to clear their lines and make it to the break at 0-0.

There was an immediate injury concern for Rangers after the break after Niko Katic and Barisic collided, leaving Barisic with a cut but the international was quickly back on the pitch.

The longer the scores remained level, the tenser the atmosphere at Ibrox grew – and the more restless the home fans became.

Some lovely interplay saw the Gers break forward quickly and almost get the goal they craved on the hour mark before the ball was cleared for the first Rangers corner of the night.

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Legia looked happy to invite Rangers onto them and the Gers were coming closer to opening the scoring with Morelos going closest as his shot went painfully close of sneaking in the back post.

It was clear that only one side was interested in finishing the game off in 90 minutes and Gerrard made a couple of changes to try and freshen things up for the final twenty minutes of normal time.

As Rangers continued to look for the opener, the Legia fans forced a stoppage in the game as they set off a number of flares, filling Ibrox with thick smoke and forcing referee Slavko Vinčić into stopping play for several minutes.

Once the play finally got underway, Legia were briefly on top before Rangers again took control and Niko Katic almost grabbed a deserved winner when he headed over the bar from Tavernier’s corner.

With 90 minutes on the clock, Alfredo Morelos sent Ibrox absolutely wild.

Substitute Jordan Jones clipped a cross into the Colombian and he buried his header to sent Rangers into the group stage.

It was nothing short of what the Gers deserved after a hard-fought win over a dogged Legia side that had yet to concede in seven European games this season.

Here’s how Rangers performed in the crucial second leg of their Europa League clash with Legia:

Allan McGregor – 7

Not much to do but more than confident when called upon in the first half. Busier after the break and didn’t put a foot wrong.

James Tavernier – 6

One or two mistakes but kept working away and never hid. Crosses nowhere near accurate enough but done his share in defence to keep the score level.

Connor Goldson – 7

Solid as usual from Goldson as the former Brighton defender had another relatively straight-forward night. Given Katic’s form, Goldson will surely be sweating a little when Helander gets up to full fitness.

Niko Katic – 9

The best player on the pitch for Rangers and arguably his best performance for the club so far. Won everything in the air and was an absolute rock in defence.

Borna Barisic – 6

Nothing spectacular but, like Tavernier, kept working away. Took a sore one from Katic but shook it off and continued after treatment. Replaced a little while later by Flanagan.

Steven Davis – 7

Marshalled the engine-room well and dictated the tempo of play from the middle of the pitch. Such an important player for Gerrard’s side.

Ryan Jack – 7

Another composed display from the midfielder as he continues to impress. Jack is really growing into such an intelligent player working under Gerrard and it is great to watch him when he’s on form.

Joe Aribo – 6

Few bright moments but not involved enough. When he’s on it, nobody can get close but he needs to figure out how to do it consistently.

Scott Arfield – 6

Typical hard-working performance from Arfield but influence on the game lessened the longer it went on. Harried and hassled the Legia defence but the final ball wasn’t good enough. Replaced by Jones.

Sheyi Ojo – 5

Not good enough. Had a couple of moments where he looked like he was ready to take the game of the scruff of the neck but didn’t offer anywhere near enough. Should’ve opened the scoring in the first half. Replaced at the death by Glen Kamara.

Alfredo Morelos – 8

Really grew into the game and should have helped himself to a couple of goals before finally scoring in the final minutes to blow the roof off Ibrox.

Substitutes: Flanagan, Jones, Kamara.

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