Richard’s Rangers Round Up and Loan Watch (week 6)
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Richard’s Rangers Round Up (week 6)

Loan watch

Rangers first team loan players

Rangers midfielder Jason Holt played the full 90 minutes for Fleetwood Town, but a Simon Cox goal on 53 minutes consigned them to defeat. They are now 10th in League One.

Greg Docherty was disappointed when Shrewsbury went down 1-0 away to Jak Alnwick’s Scunthorpe. Greg once again played the full 90 minutes.

Docherty has been very impressive for Shrewsbury so far in League One. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Jak Alnwick was again in goals for Scunthorpe as he earned a clean sheet with their 1-0 win over Shrewsbury. That result lifts them up to 11th in League One.

Lee Hodson played well in his fourth game for St Mirren but was on the wrong end of a 3-0 reverse to Hamilton Accies.

Carlos Pena was an unused substitute for Necaxa as they went down 3-2 away to Toluca. Necaxa are 14th in the 18-team Liga MX.

Rangers Academy loan players

Jamie Barjonas was an unused substitute for Bury as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Carlisle United. Bury are 11th in League Two.

Kieran Wright lasted only six minutes of Raith Rovers 1-1 draw with Montrose and had to be replaced by Robbie Thomson. Raith are second in Scottish League One, four points off Arbroath.

Aidan Wilson’s Forfar drew their latest Angus derby 1-1 with Brechin. Aidan played 63 minutes and Forfar are now eighth in the League One table.

Zak Rudden’s home debut ended in defeat as Falkirk went down 2-0 at home to Dundee United. Falkirk are still bottom of the Championship and are yet to claim a point this season.

Liam Burt came off the bench in 73 minutes for his fifth appearance for Alloa as they went down 2-0 to leaders Ayr United, who Rangers play in the BetFred cup this Wednesday.

Kyle Bradley played another 90 minutes to help Annan to a 2-1 win at Stirling Albion. The victory lifted the border club to fourth in Scottish League Two.

Villarreal 2 v Rangers 2:

I wouldn’t have put tuppence on Glasgow Rangers scoring twice in Spain after the disastrous first minute of the game. Rangers were average in the first half and if Villarreal scored a second goal, they would go on to win comfortably.

This result might change the path of where the Light Blues may end up this year. Success brings even more success and the boss has instilled discipline in his troops.

Perhaps it wasn’t their most accomplished performance of the season, but the 2-2 result was probably the best they have achieved so far.

The boss believes they are not in Group G just to make up the numbers. He is fully expecting his new side to progress further in this Europa League tournament.

A very important scoring opportunity for Rangers.

James Tavernier who was having a good game, attacked the Villarreal defence at pace and was brought down in the box. A guaranteed penalty the Rangers fans screamed from the stands.

But the ball broke to Daniel Candeias who squared the cross to the on running Scott Arfield to finish off the brilliant move by smashing the ball into the Villarreal net. Good refereeing for a change – oh that’s right, he wasn’t a bias Scottish referee!

Scott Arfield and Kyle Lafferty were the scorers for Rangers in Spain. (Photo by Maria Jose Segovia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Within two minutes the Spanish side took the lead again. Substitute Moreno cut inside Borna Barisic and fired the ball past McGregor. Another shock for Gerrard and the Rangers fans.

Could Rangers possibly get back into this match?

Glenn Middleton came on as substitute with 20 minutes to go, and provided an attacking edge when Rangers needed it most.

He sent an inch-perfect pass down the wing to Barisic, who crossed an accurate ball into the path of Lafferty for an exquisite strike, to end the scoring at 2 – 2.

Rangers 5 v St Johnstone 1:

Starting line-up. McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Katic, Flanagan: Coulibaly, Arfield, McCrorie; Candeias, Morelos, Kent;

Alfredo Morelos was my MOTM and scored the all-important 2nd goal, but I thought Rangers were strong all over the pitch.

Scott Arfield who was outstanding throughout the match and once again Lassana Coulibaly showed why he was missed when injured. I also liked the contribution of Daniel Candeias and was pleased with young Ross McCrorie’s input.

Alfredo Morelos led the line superbly against St. Johnstone. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson were not as good as normal, and Jon Flanagan had his poorest game yet.

James Tavernier had one of his better games, and his free kick goal was excellent. What can you say about Allan McGregor – a star performer. Sub Kyle Lafferty took his goal brilliantly and Ryan Kent was good again.

Rangers are back in the title race, and the Celtic and Aberdeen fans all know it.

See last week’s round-up here.

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