Gio van Bronckhorst’s Rangers sealed their place in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup on Sunday as they won 3-0 away from Ibrox.
Connor Goldson was the quickest to react after Filip Helander’s effort crashed back off the crossbar and put the Gers 1-0 up – his third goal of the campaign in all competitions.
They were then given the perfect chance to double their lead as James Tavernier was brought down in the box after linking up with Aaron Ramsey. The former dusted himself off to tuck the spot-kick away and make it 2-0 to Rangers heading into the second half.
Academy product Alex Lowry, who scored against Stirling Albion in a previous round of the competition, burst away on the break and teed up Fashion Sakala to round out the scoring as the Zambian found the bottom corner to put the clash with Dundee FC to bed.
Although Tavernier got himself on the scoresheet for the 12th time this season and won the penalty himself, another player stole the show from the Gers skipper – Ramsey.
The midfielder caught the eye throughout the game as he impressed in a routine victory for the club. He was given an opportunity to show that he is not at Rangers just to collect a wage before heading back to Turin and he did exactly that by helping them to secure their place in the last four of the competition.
He played a pivotal role in the second goal as his clever play with Tavernier led to the full-back being blocked off, with the Wales international showing off his sharpness to build up the play.
Ramsey, who was praised for his “surging” play in the first half, was hailed by former Scotland captain Colin Hendry as the former professional said: “Aaron Ramsey’s been efficient. He’s hardly given the ball away.”
Rangers Review journalist Joshua Barrie was also quick to praise the Juventus loanee, Tweeting: “Aaron Ramsey has been really impressive also, taking the ball in with ease and making neat combinations. Fingers crossed he can get a run in the team because his quality is evident.”
The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell Tweeted his appreciation of Ramsey’s performance: “2-0 Rangers! Tavernier converts from the spot after he was brought down in the box. Nice play between him and Ramsey, who looks a lot sharper. It was today to get him going and make a strong start given recent cup struggles. Good display so far.”
These comments illustrate how influential he was throughout the game, with his calm presence on the ball often allowing his teammates to make runs around him to open up space and drag Dundee players out of position – the penalty incident highlighting this particularly well.
Hopefully, Ramsey will now be able to kick on and enjoy a succession of starts in the Europa League and Premiership to help Rangers win some silverware this season.