Rangers have ended 2020 with a comfortable 2-0 win over St. Mirren to maintain their unbeaten start to the Scottish Premiership season – and Gers boss Steven Gerrard will have a selection headache for Saturday’s Old Firm after the performances of Filip Helander and Morelos.
There were two changes from the weekend win over Hibs as the Gers looked to avenge the League Cup defeat earlier this month against the Buddies; Helander and Morelos returning to the side in place of the benched pair of Leon Balogun and Ryan Kent.
After a fairly evenly-matched opening 20 minutes, Rangers took the lead through Kemar Roofe in 27 minutes before Morelos made it 2-0 shortly after to end his recent drought.
The Light Blues never really got out of second gear but looked at ease against the Saints and made sure they ended 2020 win an unbeaten record in the league so far this season.
With another three points in the bag, attention will now turn to this weekend’s Old Firm game and the chance for Rangers to make a massive statement in the title race.
Here’s how Steven Gerrard’s Rangers stars performed in the clash with St. Mirren:
Allan McGregor – 6
400th appearance for Rangers and the veteran keeper almost gifted St. Mirren an opener when he spilled Dylan Connolly’s shot to Jon Obika. Crazy second-half moment too but another clean sheet.
James Tavernier – 7
150th game as Rangers captain and the skipper worked hard throughout to create openings but the hosts done a fairly decent job of keeping him quiet – particularly early on. Some fantastic deliveries into the box. Replaced by Leon Balogun in the final minutes.
Connor Goldson – 7
St. Mirren looked to pressure the Rangers star and stop him spraying passes forward but Goldson never let it affect his game as he enjoyed a successful night. Bit of a battle with Obika but came out on top.
Filip Helander – 8
Back in the side ahead of Leon Balogun and the Swede strolled it in the heart of defence for Rangers. Had to take a bit more responsibility for playing out from the back and barely broke a sweat. Will have given Gerrard a real dilemma ahead of Saturday.
Borna Barisic – 7
Took a sore one in the first half but was ok. Consistent threat going forward and from set-pieces but has had better games.
Steven Davis – 8
Northern Irishman gave the ball away a few times ealy on but recovered to put in a solid shift as the Gers strolled to a comfortable win over the Buddies. Class on and off the ball.
Glen Kamara – 8
With Ryan Jack facing an indefinite spell on the sidelines, Kamara is even more important for Rangers just now and the Ibrox midfielder put in an excellent performance for the Light Blues.
Joe Aribo – 9
The Nigerian found it tough to find the time he likes on the ball early on but really started to shine as the game opened up. Some lovely touches and incisive passing helped the Gers get forward. Ended up bossing the game.
Ianis Hagi – 8
The Romanian has been in excellent form recently and added an assist to his tally for the season with a delightful pass to Roofe. Looks full of confidence just now. Replaced by Bongani Zungu late on.
Alfredo Morelos – 8
Morelos was back in the starting XI after a stint on the bench following his two-game ban and El Bufalo looked hungry after limited minutes in recent weeks. Fantastic finish to make it 2-0 as the Gers star ended his goal drought.
Kemar Roofe – 7
Played on the left of the front three and the former Leeds and Anderlecht star took a while to really get into the game. When he did, he did it with a bang as he opened the scoring after 27 minutes, replaced by Ryan Kent with 15 minutes left.
Read our match report as Steven Gerrard’s side completed 2020 with a comfortable win in Paisley