Match Ratings - Kilmarnock 1 - 2 Rangers

ALLAN MCGREGOR - 5

Again mostly a spectator but it was our own defensive issues that caused the defeat. He'll be very disappointed that he didn't save Jones shot, seemed a little slow getting down to it and it was hit from about 22 yards.

JAMES TAVERNIER - 5

Really struggled with no support on the right hand side against Jones & Taylor. We knew that would be an issue so not having Candeias in for this game was a bit of a mystery. Tav also seemed to be struggling with knowing when to go and when to hold his position, meaning we lost a couple of potential attacking opportunities.

JOE WORRALL - 4

An absolute shocker for Killie's equaliser although our movement in midfield was appalling meaning he had no passing option. Still should be a good enough player to turn back and pass a simple ball back to McGregor. Was so rocky for the rest of the half and lucky not to be hooked. Unlucky not to score in the second half with a header.

GARETH MCAULEY – 4

Looked every minute of his age in the build up to Jordan Jones goal. A poor night at the office for both central defenders.

ANDY HALLIDAY - 5

When Worrall passed to Halliday, Kilmarnock used that as a trigger to close us down and shut off his passing angles given how one footed he is. This couple with terrible midfield movement meant we couldn't get any combinations going and inevitably had to pass it sideways and backwards in defence. Not ideal.

RYAN JACK - 4

From the highs of the Old Firm to a non existent performance here. Ally Bain has posted a video analysis thread which goes into a bit of detail about Jack's performance in this game. Not showing for a pass, not making the most of midfield space to offer attacking angles and generally not really doing very much in games where we need to take the impetus and show attacking intent.

SCOTT ARFIELD - 4

Another sublime to ridiculous midfield performance. Looked way off the pace and offered pretty much zero all game. Midfield really badly let us down and not for the first time.

STEVEN DAVIS - 5

Way off the pace in terms of match fitness but at least got on the ball and tried to drive things forward. Pretty much our only decent through ball of the game came from him to Defoe who was marginally offside. Needs game time.

RYAN KENT – 7

Our best player on the night if such a thing existed! Tried to get on the ball centrally and out wide and make things happen. He was trying to do it all on his own though, such was the lack of movement or desire by any of the other players.

ALFREDO MORELOS – 6

This partnership should work in theory, but they require a bit of support from midfield and the full backs to help them gain ground in attacking areas. As usual not without incident, header off the post and a clear handballed goal. Quieter game but still a threat.

JERMAINE DEFOE - 5

Got his goal in exactly the way you'd want him to, but wasn't really involved for the most part. That's what you get from Defoe though, so we need to be able to make the most of getting the ball to him in the 6 yard box and he'll do his stuff.

DANIEL CANDEIAS – 3

On at the frantic stage as we switched formation and tried to get back in the game. Usual industrious self, we started to get a bit of traction down the wings unsurprisingly but it was really too little too late.

KYLE LAFFERTY – 2

You know the games lost when the big man comes on as a last resort to have the ball humped up to him. Not his forte and it amazes me why we keep doing it.

STEVEN GERRARD - 4

Most people pregame thought that a formation change like this wasn't wise against a Killie team who play fast and wide on the counter and it proved damaging. Questions need to be asked about why we thought that was the right approach and ultimately as the manager says himself, he carries the can.

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