Player Ratings - Ufa 1 - 1 Rangers (Rangers 2-1 on agg)

 

A fantastic 9 man defensive performance from Rangers, sees us through to the Europa League group stages - the first British team to do so from the first qualifying round!

Adam Thornton is back to give his view on how the players performed on the day.

McGregor - 9

Shoogly on Sunday, tremendous on Thursday. Another outstanding save in 75 minutes which completely sucked the life out of Ufa. Brilliant performance.

Tavernier - 7

Solid defensive performance from the blue Cafu, had a job and stuck to it. Barely over the half way line all game. 

Katic - 8

Excellent barring one or two poor decisions. Stepped up well to play offside in the run up to their equaliser. Referee thought otherwise. Brilliant siege defending late on. 

Goldson - 9

Thank God Sunday was a one off. Back to his best, saved a certain goal in the first half and missed nothing else all night. Will have a sore napper tonight with the amount of clearances. YOU SHALL NOT PASS. 

Flanagan - 5

Shocking performance all in. Ufa clearly targeted the left hand side, raiding there all night. Booked early doors and the red was on the cards, even if the actual decision itself was a little soft. 

Jack - 8

Tremendous disciplined performance overall. Took a nosebleed when played in by Kent on the counter in the second half and fluffed his lines. Needs to retain possession better in tight spaces, though. 

Arfield - 6

Quiet game for Arfield, also disciplined in the press and tackle and needs to retain the ball well. Doesn’t look fit and correct decision to take him off for Halliday.

Ejaria - 9 MOTM

Fantastic goal, the way he shifted the ball to give himself a yard of space was so clever. Tremendous finish. Magnificent second half performance. Disciplined defensively, tremendous in possession, outstanding in transition. Offered the defence a much needed break late on with some excellent play. As Gerrard said post match, he’s been outstanding for the last 4 games. 

Candeias - 4

Not a great performance. Needs to use the ball a lot better. Gives his all for the team defensively. Replaced by Lafferty at half time, perhaps with Sunday in mind.

Kent - 7

The young Liverpool winger has had a mixed start to his Rangers career and did well in patches here. Offered Flanagan little protection in the first half but was a vital outball in the second half - when he was essentially playing as a second left back   Should have scored but for an excellent save by the Ufa keeper. Decision making will improve with time.

Morelos - 2

Did so well to win the ball back in the lead up to our goal. Stupid decisions by both him and the referee ended his game. Needs to learn.

Lafferty - 5

Solid shift as the lone front man in the second half and then as an  auxiliary centre mid after Flanagan went off. Ran his heart out and at least gave us some presence up top. Could have used the ball better in the rare moments he received it.

Halliday - 5

Magnificent performance! Came on for Arfield just after Flanagan’s sending off and filled in at left back. Stuck to his job, never lost his man and kicked everything and everyone that moved.

Gerrard - 9

I thought he nailed the tweaks to our tactics after both sending offs. Easy decision at half time would have been to take Kent off instead of Candeias but it was justified with his performance. He's given us our Rangers back.

Bring on the groups!

#WeAreOnOurWay

Adam Thornton (@adamski152)

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