Austin Benson rates our players as we advanced to the next round of this seasons Europa League, knocking out Borussia Dortmund in the process.
Allan McGregor – 6.9 (7)
Despite conceding two goals, McGregor would more than make for that by performing crucial saves to
deny the likes of Malen and Meunier.
James Tavernier – 9.0 (9)
James Tavernier would score both goals on the night in one of his finest displays in a Rangers jersey. He
would dispatch a penalty in the 22 nd minute to see Rangers go 1-0 up, with his composed style of
leadership being on show throughout the match. Once again proving that pressure is not a word in
Tavernier’s vocabulary, he would fire in a half-volley past Kobel to equalise and send Ibrox into absolute
limbs. Displays like this should solidify his status as a Rangers legend.
Connor Goldson – 6.5 (6)
Made a mistake which led to Jude Bellingham equalising, however he would regain his defensive
prowess to see the match and Dortmund’s attackers out confidently.
Calvin Bassey – 7.2 (7)
Looked out of his element as a centre-half to begin with and lacked awareness to prevent Donyell
Malen’s tap-in to put Dortmund ahead. However, when Bassey reverted to a left-back, his pace and
ability to cut a ball across the box would prove fruitful, assisting James Tavernier for Rangers’ equaliser.
Borna Barisic – 6.0 (6)
Having misplaced multiple passes in the first half, and then pulling up with an injury following a knee
collision, it was not a positive display for the left-back. Hopefully, his injury is not serious, and we can
nurture Borna back to confidence.
Ryan Jack – 7.5 (7)
Ryan Jack has yet to put a foot wrong since his return to the first-team fold, and yesterday was no
different. His composure in the midfield has bred a new life into Gio’s side, and his partnership with
John Lundstram is proving to be formidable.
John Lundstram – 7.6 (8)
Despite picking up a booking, the rest of John Lundstram’s night was flawless. He would perform
expertly ahead of a back three after Borna’s injury, with him being a fourth defender in effect.
Scott Arfield – 6.5 (6)
Despite opting to go for glory in front of goal when Ryan Kent was waiting to tap-in, his effort
throughout proceedings could not be faulted.
Joe Aribo – 8.0 (8)
Joe Aribo’s hold-up play would once again bring calm to Rangers’ possession, and he would play a part in
earning his side a penalty.
Ryan Kent – 7.9 (8)
Ryan Kent would prove untouchable on the ball once again, earning Rangers’ penalty in the 22 nd minute
after drawing a foul from Julian Brandt in Dortmund’s box.
Alfredo Morelos – 8.5 (8)
Alfredo Morelos’ hold-up play was pivotal to Rangers’ attack, and while he would not score, he was
crucial to everything going forward.
Leon Balogun – 6.2 (6)
Would be brought on for Barisic early into the second half, and would pull off a vital challenge on Brandt
to make up for what was almost a blunder against Marco Reus.
Glen Kamara – 6.4 (6)
Glen Kamara was brought on for Scott Arfield as Gio looked to add further solidity in Rangers’ midfield
to seal the draw.