Rangers round-up: Loan stars impress while first-team shines
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Rangers round-up: Loan stars impress while first-team shines

Rangers loan watch:

First team

Jason Holt is becoming a fixture in Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town and it continued on Saturday, against Accrington Stanley in the 1-1 draw. They are eighth in League One after  eight games.

Jason Holt has been superb for Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town. (Photo by David Shipman – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Greg Docherty made it two goals in two games with the opening goal in Shrewsbury’s 2-0 home win over Southend on Saturday. They are up to 17th with seven points from their eight matches.

Jak Alnwick was again in goals for Scunthorpe as they earned a 3-2 win away to Wimbledon. They are up to 15th with 10 points from their eight matches in League One.

Lee Hodson was excellent in his third game for St Mirren in the 0-0 draw against Celtic at New St Mirren Park on Friday night in Oran Kearney’s first game in charge in Paisley.

Carlos Pena was a second half sub for Necaxa as they pulled off a shock 2-0 win over league-leaders Cruz Azul. Pedro Caixinha’s side remain top of Liga MX, while Necaxa are up to 14th.

Youngsters

Jamie Barjonas was a late sub for Bury as they earned a 2-1 win away to Swindon on Saturday. Bury are up to seventh in League Two, with 13 points from their first eight games.

Scotland U19 International Jamie Barjonas has been enjoying the challenge down at Bury. (Photo by Juergen Schwarz/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Kieran Wright was back in goals for Raith Rovers on Saturday as they were held to a 1-1 draw away to Brechin. Raith are second in Scottish League One, two points behind leaders Arbroath.

Aidan Wilson’s Forfar lost the Angus derby with Arbroath on Saturday, going down 3-1 at Gayfield in his sixth game for the club.

Zak Rudden’s Falkirk debut got off to the perfect start – netting after just 18 minutes – but he could only watch as Ayr United came from 2-0 down at half-time to win a thriller 3-2 at Somerset Park. Falkirk remain bottom of the Championship and are yet to pick up a point.

Liam Burt came off the bench for his fourth appearance for Alloa in the 0-0 draw at Dunfermline on Saturday. They are ninth in the Championship after five matches.

Kyle Bradley played 90 minutes on his Annan Athletic debut, but couldn’t prevent them falling to a 2-1 defeat at Edinburgh City. Annan are fourth in Scottish League Two after six games.

Joe Dodoo was not picked for Blackpool’s 1-0 away win on Saturday.

In the last week:

Alfredo Morelos played for Colombian against Venezuela, but was not featured against Argentina.

Borna Barisic won his fourth cap for Croatia, after joining massive club Rangers. He knew coming to Ibrox would help his career and get more games for Croatia, and he was right.

Scott Arfield captained Canada and was very proud to do so.

Rangers under-15s earned a major win in Europe as they lifted the RKMSV tournament in The Netherlands. They were excellent throughout. The young Gers 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 and got unfairly sent off with a straight red card in their 4-0 defeat.

Rangers 4 v Dundee 0:

Starting line-up. McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Katic, Barisic; Coulibaly, Arfield, Halliday; Candeias, Morelos, Kent;

Ryan Kent was my MOTM and scored a clever goal after playing one-twos with Scott Arfield who was also outstanding throughout the match.

The Liverpool loanee is really starting to find his feet at Rangers with his work rate, passing, dribbling skills all excellent. It was by far his best game to date. Coulibaly was also superb.

Ryan Kent was my Man of the Match against Bury. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Daniel Candeias worked his socks off all day and merited his selection on the right wing.

Nikola Katic backed Connor Goldson up superbly and Borna Barisic was another success. Tavernier didn’t have one of his better games, but slotted in his well-taken penalty. What can you say about Allan McGregor – different class.

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

Kyle Lafferty was rested for this Thursday’s huge match at Villarreal. He did come on and hit the bar with a cute header. Unfortunately, Alfredo Morelos did not have one of his best days.

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