This clash between Rangers and Motherwell began as one of the most exciting, exhilarating, electrifying games you will ever see in the SPFL league. It was an absolutely pulsating first 45 minutes of end to end football and produced five goals in the process.
Played like an old-fashioned cup tie, it was wonderful entertainment. Well done to both sides and managers for generating 3-2 to Rangers, in a first half of epic proportions. If more games were of this standard, it would be a real shot in the arm for greater TV money to be paid.
The second half started the same way as the first, and made the spectator wonder if the players could keep this unbelievable pace up for 90 minutes. The answer was a definite yes.
To be fair to the Steelmen of Lanarkshire, who were relentless in their onslaught of the opposition’s goal, the heavy Rangers schedule of the Europa and League games, eventually caught up with them.
Motherwell dominated much of the second half, as they chased the game. Because of that, they thoroughly deserved their well-earned, hard-fought point when scoring from a corner, with the last kick of the ball.
The Fir Park skipper Peter Hartley bundled the ball home from a corner in the 94th minute to earn Stephen Robinson’s side a point. Rangers boss Gerrard lamented the set-piece failings to deny the Ibrox side all three points.
Rangers lost their goals from two set pieces and an unfortunate slip from the normally reliable Connor Goldson. A real stalwart in the Ibrox club’s defence in every game, and with that blip, he flipped from ‘Magic to tragic’.
It was uncharacteristic of Mr Reliable to put a foot wrong, and James Tavernier produced one his poorest defensive performances, which didn’t help the Rangers’ cause.
It was similar to the Aberdeen game on the opening day, when the Light Blues were pegged back in the 93rd minute and today at Motherwell it was the 94th minute, unfortunate to say the least.
Kyle Lafferty was the ‘Man of the Match’ in the first start of his new Rangers career, but it was his overall display that impressed everyone with a solid performance throughout.
He fought, competed for all the high balls and took his two goals with aplomb. He led the line brilliantly and his passing was exceptional. He looks as if he will be a huge asset to this ‘Gers side.
The SPFL season hasn’t truly lit up for Rangers following two draws in three matches. Here are my player ratings.
McGregor 7, Tavernier 4, Goldson 4.5, Katic 7, Flanagan 6, Barisic 7.5, Jack 7.5, Halliday 7, Ejaria 8, Morelos, 7.5 and Lafferty 9.