Glasgow Rangers put in an impressive performance to win 4-0 against St Mirren at the weekend – here are five things we learned from the victory.
1. The Gers have some excellent midfield players to choose from.
Ross McCrorie was immense against St Mirren until picking up a booking for a rash challenge. The Rangers man was replaced by Ryan Jack soon after the warning was dished out.
This was only a precautionary measure in case referee Andrew Dallas decided to red card the Rangers man for another unfortunate foul.
Jack was outstanding once coming on, and surely proved to the Rangers manager that he and McCrorie should play together against Aberdeen on Wednesday.
I was very impressed with Scott Arfield, who played one of his best games in a Gers jersey, despite not scoring. He was terrific in his defensive duties, and also getting forward.
Steve Davis is a class player and will come good when he gets up to speed. Once he reaches proper match fitness, he will be a great addition to the overall effect of the Rangers team.
Scottish style football is often played at a kick and rush pace. It won’t take Davis forever to get to grips with the rushed, and much more direct style of play up here.
Unfortunately, he hasn’t played very many minutes or games since he dropped out of the Southampton first team.
2. Rangers strike pairing starting to look promising
Veteran Jermain Defoe playied alongside Alfredo Morelos and showed his talent against the Paisley club. He merited his start, played very well, and was dangerous throughout.
Defoe’s fast foot work earned the penalty for James Tavernier to score in only three minutes, and scored his second goal in only his third match.
Morelos didn’t score, but his Ibrox fans still love the skill and his 100% efforts. He got booked again and is always a nightmare for any defence to play against.
It’s early days and with hard work at training, Morelos and Defoe should become an even better pairing, so long as the Colombian can stay on the pitch.
3. Impressive centre-half pairing
Two 22-year-olds, Nikola Katic and Joe Worrall, were the defensive duo chosen and both played exceptionally well.
Especially, when you consider the young boys are still learning.
4. Irrepressible Ryan Kent
Ryan Kent was again the best player on the park, even though he wasn’t at his very best. He was man of the match by the Ibrox faithful and by Steven Smith on Rangers TV.
It was Kent’s fourth goal for Rangers and when he is on top form and showing the work rate and skill he possesses, he is a complete joy to watch.
Do you think Liverpool will sell him to Rangers on a permanent basis, for a reasonable fee?
5. The starting XI to play Aberdeen is clear
Having watched the game, I would play this Rangers team to face Aberdeen on Wednesday night at Pittodrie.
McGregor; Tavernier, Worrall, Katic, Barisic; McCrorie, Jack, Arfield, Kent; Defoe, Morelos.
Subs: Candeias, Davis, Lafferty, Halliday, McAuley, Foderingham, Middleton