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Rangers: Ben Davies was the real star of the show

Glasgow Rangers bounced back from their midweek disappointment in Europe as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men returned to winning ways in the Premiership on Sunday.

The Light Blues were hammered 7-1 by Liverpool at Ibrox, despite taking the lead through Scott Arfield, but got that loss out of their minds quickly in order to beat Motherwell 2-1.

Rangers struggled throughout the first half as Croatian striker Antonio Colak was left isolated but they eventually wore the home team down.

Malik Tillman opened the scoring shortly after the start of the second half with a wonder goal. He picked the ball up just inside the opposition’s half and dribbled past a number of players before brilliantly slotting the ball past Liam Kelly.

John Lundstram, via a deflection, made it 2-0 from a corner before the 70th minute and the hosts pulled one back when Allan McGregor misjudged a free-kick and the ball went over his head into the far corner.

Whilst the American, Tillman, scored a wonderful goal for the Light Blues with the opening strike, the real star of the show for van Bronckhorst’s side was central defender Ben Davies.

Connor Goldson suffered an injury blow in the defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s side in midweek and the former Sheffield United loanee played alongside Leon King at the back.

It was far from a classic display from Rangers as they struggled to control the game in large parts, with Motherwell making it a scrappy affair. This meant that Davies had plenty to do as the home side attempted to hurt the Light Blues on the counter-attack and by being physical at the top end of the pitch.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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He could do nothing about the goal that the Gers conceded as James Tavernier gave away the free-kick and McGregor was the only player capable of stopping the strike.

Defensively, he was a rock at the back as he dominated the Motherwell attackers throughout the match. As per SofaScore, he won six of his seven (86%) individual duels, including 100% (4/4) of his battles on the ground, which shows that he was able to stand up to the physical tests that were thrown his way.

He also made five clearances and two interceptions, without committing a single foul, as he dealt with almost every ball that came his way in the match.

In possession, the defender was composed on the ball and looked to play out from the back quickly to start attacks, completing 37 passes and four of his eight attempted long passes from 65 touches.

Davies was, therefore, the real star of the show as Rangers needed to dig in to grind out a result and his superb defending at the back was crucial to the side picking up a crucial three points.

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