Richard’s Rangers Round Up (week 4)
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Richard’s Rangers Round Up (week 4)

Monday 27/09/18:

Rangers made their second win in the new SPFL Reserve League as they demolished St Mirren at the Hummel Training Centre. Umar Sadiq and Andy Dallas both grabbed doubles and Serge Atakayi scored the other.

Lee Wallace was a starter and played the first 45 minutes and Ross McCrorie was given a 60 minute run out and Sadiq played the full game. This was to give them game time before Thursday’s special Europa League night.

Greg Docherty played for Shrewsbury against Luton on Saturday and in midweek, claiming a point at Doncaster. He played 90 minutes in both matches and has five games under his belt.

Jason Holt played the full game as Fleetwood earned a 0-0 draw away to Charlton on Saturday, and another 90 minutes in the 5-0 away win at Scunthorpe. That’s five games now.

Jason Holt is becoming a key part of Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Team. (Photo by David Shipman – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Joe Dodoo has played in four games for Blackpool, who drew 1-1 at home with Accrington on Saturday. He scored in their midweek, 2-0 victory over Coventry City at Bloomfield Road.

Young keeper Kieran Wright has played all five games for Raith Rovers coming back from 3-1 down to win 4-3. These matches are great experience for the lad.

Aidan Wilson played another 90 minutes for Forfar on Saturday as they defeated Stenhousemuir 2-0. That’s four starts for the youngster, who is doing a fine job.

Liam Burt made his Alloa debut as a sub on 78th minutes of their 2-2 draw at Inverness on Saturday. Despite having only 10 men, Alloa earned their first point of the season.

Scunthorpe have confirmed the appointment of ex-Rangers legend Stuart McCall as their new manager. The League One club have moved quickly to replace Nick Daws, who was axed on Friday after just five games as permanent manager.

Tuesday 28/09/18:

Alfredo Morelos is included for the Colombian matches against Venezuela and Argentina. Will he get the chance to make his debut? Under 20’s boss Arturo Reyes, is in charge after their FA decided not to renew Jose Pekerman’s contract.

Alfredo Morelos has been called up to the Colombia main squad for the first time. AFP PHOTO / Miguel ROJO (Photo credit should read MIGUEL ROJO/AFP/Getty Images)

Wednesday 29/10/18:

Rangers under-15s earned a major win in Europe at the weekend as they lifted the RKMSV tournament in The Netherlands. They were excellent throughout and beat Sparta Rotterdam in the semi-final and one of Holland’s top Academy sides AZ Alkmaar in the final.

38-year-old Kenny Miller signed a two-year deal with Dundee FC this afternoon, after leaving his role as Livingston ‘s player/manager last Sunday, lasting less than seven weeks. Alan Stubb’s St Mirren admitted defeat in his attempts to lure Miller to Paisley.

Thursday night: FC Ufa V Rangers 30/10/18:

Starting line-up. McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Katic, Flanagan; Jack, Ejaria, Arfield; Candeias, Morelos, Kent;

Subs: Lafferty, Wallace, McCrorie, Sadiq, Middleton, Halliday, Foderingham,

Thank goodness for Connor Goldson and Ovie Ejaria scoring for Rangers home and away to allow the Ibrox club to make the group stages of the Europa League.

The 1-0 Ibrox result had us biting our nails in Russia. Gerrard played fairly defensively looking for an 0-0 draw, but Ejaria scored a sensational opening goal to put Rangers?

After Morelos was stupidly ordered off, we had to suffer Flanagan go up for a 50/50 aerial challenge and the referee interpreted it as trying to hurt his opponent with his elbow.

Gerrard did superbly to get Rangers to the Europa League Group Stages. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

Ejaria was my MOTM. His passing, dribbling skills and work rate was excellent. I thought that Ryan Kent was starting to find his feet at Rangers.

Daniel Candeias worked his socks off all night.

Nikola Katic backed Goldson up superbly and was another success. Jon Flanagan didn’t have one of his better games, but was solid enough. James Tavernier wasn’t as influential as normal, but did alright. What can you say about Allan McGregor – different class.

Ryan Jack is a revitalised player under Gerrard’s guidance and did well again. I am a fan of the hard working Scott Arfield, whose running off the ball installs confidence to his fellow players.

Kyle Lafferty replaced Morelos for the second 45.

Friday 31/10/18:

I was surprised to see the players were back at training after their exertions last night. But seemingly they were working out their team formation against Motherwell this Sunday.

19-year-old Liam Burt left to join Alloa Athletic on loan until January 2019. He is a current Scotland Under-21 international and will be hoping he’s successful.

Zak Rudden has joined Falkirk FC on a six-month loan from Rangers, the youngster scored in a 6-0 win over Bury FC in a pre-season friendly. He’s been called up to the Scotland U19’ squad for next week’s friendly against Poland.

Celtic 1 v Rangers 0: 02/09/18

Rangers hardly laid a glove on Celtic in the first 45. The second half was a bit better, but still not quite good enough to hurt their weakness – defence.

Ryan Kent sums up how Rangers felt on Sunday. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Gerrard remonstrated with fourth official John Beaton, who shouted down his mic ‘foul, foul, foul’. Willie Collum’s ignored Beaton’s advice to award the foul as Ryan Jack was illegally taken out by Celtic’ Rogic. The goal seemed to end Rangers’ chances of victory.

For the first time in Gerrard’s tenure, he can work with his squad at training. A chance to improve them technically and tactically rather than just preparing and recovering from Europa games.

 

Here are my player ratings. McGregor 9, Tavernier 5.5, Goldson 7, Katic 7, Barisic 7, Jack 7.5, Ejaria 5.5, Kent 6.5, Morelos, 6 and Lafferty 7.