Rangers FC claimed their fourth victory of the season thanks to Kemar Roofe and Ryan Kent.
After suffering a frustrating 0-0 draw against Livingston last time out, Rangers Football Club were able to bounce back with a 2-0 victory over Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium.
Rangers played with more urgency against Kilmarnock, and looked more organized over the course of 90 minutes. It took Gers a while to fully wake up, but they got the job done. Here are three main takeaways from today’s game.
Tale of Two Halves
Steven Gerrard’s men had supporters watching from home a bit worried in the first half. Despite playing with more urgency and dominating the affair, Rangers wasted three brilliant chances to score in the opening 45 minutes.
The gaffer’s speech at halftime must have been award-worthy as Rangers came out with a purpose: to score some goals. Kemar Roofe did well find open lanes and he eventually got a great look in the middle of the box to score.
Ryan Kent was a menace for the opposition all afternoon, and his effort was rewarded with a goal that sealed the deal. Overall, Rangers created 16 chances in the second half, which shows just how dominant they were.
No Morelos? No Hagi? No Problem…
Alfredo Morelos was left out of the squad, and Ianis Hagi got five minutes of action as a substitute, but Rangers performed well without them. Both players have meaningful roles in the squad, but it is refreshing to see the team get the job done with multiple contributors.
Ryan Kent, Kemar Roofe, Cedric Itten, and Brandon Barker did well to carry the team in the final third. All four players created dangerous chances for themselves and others around them.
Some people argue that nothing in this world is perfect, but statistically speaking, Rangers’ defensive record is just that. For the fifth straight game, Rangers have shut out their opponents.
Kilmarnock only had two shot attempts all game, with no attempts being on target. The pressure applied in midfield, along with the quick reactions on the back line, made it difficult for yet another opponent to breathe and create any momentum.