Gio van Bronckhorst’s Rangers enjoyed another special night at Ibrox under the lights in Europe as they won 3-0 on Thursday night.
James Tavernier got the Gers off to the perfect start as he whipped a penalty into the top corner early on. VAR awarded the hosts the spot-kick after a trip on Ryan Kent was spotted in the box, allowing his captain to put the side 1-0 up.
Alfredo Morelos then did what he does best to make it two. He picked up a superb position in the box and reacted quickly to a poor defensive header to rifle home a volley, with the aid of a slight deflection, into the bottom corner to make it 2-0.
Allan McGregor was called upon to save his team, though, as he made a terrific save from the spot after Ryan Jack was penalised by the referee.
Leon Balogun then rounded out the scoring in the second half as he scored a fantastic header. He rose highest to power in the third goal for Rangers after an excellent delivery from Tavernier.
Despite the impressive result, there are some areas for improvement that van Bronckhorst will surely be hoping to iron out – one being the performance of Glen Kamara.
The Finland international got carried through the match by his teammates as he struggled to put his stamp on the game in midfield. He will surely be disappointed in his own display as it was not up to the usual high standard he sets himself.
However, he was a £21k-per-week passenger on Thursday night. As per SofaScore, he lost a whopping 71% of his duels (10/14) and made just one tackle and one interception, whilst being dribbled past once.
This shows that the opposition were able to get the better of him the majority of the time as he was not strong enough to hold them off. He was nowhere near good enough on that side of the game and van Bronckhorst will be frustrated with that part of his performance.
On the ball, he offered very little either. Via SofaScore, he completed 24 passes and managed one key pass whilst also failing to complete a single dribble.
He did not do enough in possession to make up for his lightweight play out of it and was, therefore, carried to the win by his excellent teammates. Hopefully, he will be able to get over this dismal display and return to his best form next time out.