Glasgow Rangers overcame a slow start at Tannadice to secure a 2-0 victory on Sunday evening, with the Gers continuing their impressive unbeaten run under new boss Michael Beale.
After what was a rather dour end to Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s tenure, the arrival of the Englishman in the dugout has sparked a real resurgence for the Glasgow giants, having now claimed five wins and a draw since the return to competitive action following the World Cup break.
Despite the continued positivity, however, it was far from a vintage display from the visitors against Liam Fox’s Dundee United, having struggled to break down a rather stubborn opposition defence in what was a tepid first-half performance.
Following that drab opening, the game then sprung into life just after the break as the Gers netted twice in the space of just three minutes to make sure of the points, with Fashion Sakala having first broken the deadlock with a devastating finish from the angle.
That strike – which was then followed by another clinical effort from Malik Tillman – has continued the Zambia international’s sparkling form of late, with the 25-year-old having now provided six goal contributions in his last six Scottish Premiership games.
The dynamic forward was not the only figure to have caught the eye against the Tangerines, however, with teammate Borna Barisic having posed a constant threat from his full-back berth, notably playing his part in Sakala’s strike after producing a delightful dinked pass that was smartly flicked on by Ryan Jack.
That contribution was one of three key passes that the Croatia international made during his 89-minute outing, with the 30-year-old also recording 16 crosses to illustrate his relentless attacking intent.
Although that willingness to impact proceedings did see the experienced defender lose possession on 25 occasions from his 93 touches, the 29-cap brute more than made up for that fact by winning the ball back effectively, having won six of his seven ground duels and one of his two aerial duels.
That ‘effective‘ performance – as lauded by Glasgow Live’s Matthew Fulton – saw the £18k-per-week titan unsurprisingly record an eye-catching match rating of 8.1, as per Sofascore, with that the highest of any player for either side.
Despite the lack of competition due to Ridvan Yilmaz’s injury woes, it would appear that Barisic is still managing to keep his levels high in his full-back berth, with the 6 foot 1 machine having truly stolen the show today.