In a gripping rollercoaster of a match on Saturday, 15 April, Rangers managed to claw their way to a 5-2 victory over St Mirren at Ibrox, with both teams giving their all until the final whistle.
The game was a nail-biter, hanging in the balance at 2-2 in the 65th minute, following goals from Todd Cantwell and Fashion Sakala.
But the Gers’ never-say-die attitude shone through as Alfredo Morelos, the Colombian goal-machine, stepped up to the plate and netted a vital brace late in the game.
The cherry on top was Scott Arfield’s fantastic cameo, capping off a brilliant performance and securing the full three points for the hosts.
Player Ratings Against St. Mirren
Allan McGregor – 5.5
Though the goalie wasn’t entirely at fault for the goals conceded, some might argue that he could’ve done more to rally the troops in front of him. Nevertheless, it’s tough to point fingers when the defence is in shambles.
James Tavernier – 6
The captain missed a penalty early on but somewhat redeemed himself by assisting the opening goal. However, it wasn’t the most commanding performance we’ve seen from him.
John Souttar – 3.5
Souttar played a significant role in the second goal conceded and has done little since his move to Ibrox to prove he belongs with the team. It was a calamitous partnership in the making.
Ben Davies – 3
A flurry of mistakes marred Davies’ game, making him the weakest link in the Rangers’ backline. His lack of confidence in possession cost the team dearly, and he’s a far cry from his pairing with Connor Goldson.
Borna Barisic – 6
Barisic’s forward play was a bright spot, delivering some wicked crosses and setting up Sakala’s goal with an exquisite free kick. But defensively, he left something to be desired.
John Lundstram – 5
Lundstram’s struggle was evident throughout the match, making it a surprise that he wasn’t subbed off before Nicolas Raskin. With seven occasions of losing possession, he failed to make an impact in the midfield.
Nicolas Raskin – 7
Raskin was a standout performer for the Gers, boasting a 94% pass accuracy and anchoring the midfield superbly. The January signing has adapted quickly to life at Ibrox.
Malik Tillman – 6.5
Tillman’s performance was a mixed bag, losing all his aerial duels and struggling to influence the game. Beale will likely expect more from him moving forward.
Todd Cantwell – 8
Cantwell’s outstanding contribution of a goal and two assists played a pivotal role in the final outcome. His exceptional 90% pass accuracy proved he’s been a fantastic acquisition for Beale’s side.
Fashion Sakala – 7
Sakala found the back of the net but had an otherwise quiet game, failing to complete any crosses and losing possession 14 times. There’s definitely room for improvement, but this match had its bright spots.
Alfredo Morelos – 9
Morelos was the hero of the day, showcasing his lethal finishing skills with two crucial late goals. His performance was a godsend for Beale, who surely wouldn’t want to drop points at home.
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