It’s the final home game of the season as Rangers welcome Ross County to Ibrox. It’s another warm up, with nothing to play for in the game for Rangers, except keeping the players ticking over before next weeks cup final double header.
A strong team tonight including Alex Lowry a week before the big event in Seville and I’d predict we will use all the subs before a completely different side at the weekend.
Again Rangers will look to avoid injuries but we also have to keep players sharp so I think we will get an energetic and confident performance.
Ross County still have a chance of Europe so will come and look to cause us problems and with 18 goals shared in previous league matches, this threatens to be a free flowing attacking match.
Rangers team this evening- McGregor, Tavernier, Bassey, Balogun, Goldson, Kamara, Lundstram, Lowry, Kent, Wright, Aribo
Subs – McLaughlin, Balogun, Sands, King, Amad, Davis, Ramsey, Fashion JR, Arfield
Good luck Rangers
First half action
5 mins – Aribo breaks from midfield and his left foot shot is deflected just wide. From the corner Alex Lowry drives an ambitious shot wide.
7 mins – CHANCE! Good work from Joe Aribo who cuts it back for Lundstram and his effort straight at Laidlaw in goals.
10 mins – Another drive at goal by John Lundstram easily dealt with by GK again. Rangers pressing though.
12 mins – Kent drills it across goal and Tavernier’s shot is deflected over for a corner.
GOAAALLLLL! From the corner Barisic cross is headed on by Goldson and turned in by the goat Scott Wright! 1-0 Rangers!
22 mins – Connor Goldson in an advanced area drills another chance over, he’s enjoying himself tonight.
Rangers are playing well.
26 mins – Another corner by Borna headed wide by Connor Goldson.
28 mins – PENALTY TO RANGERS!
Lovely give and go between Alex Lowry and James Tavernier who takes it on and is tripped, clear decision.
GOOOAAAALLLLL! Lovely pen by the skipper and it’s 2-0 Rangers!
38 mins – An Alex Lowry snap shot is well saved by Laidlaw.
39 mins – Penalty claim! A lovely one two again between Aribo and Lowry, Aribo looks to have been obstructed or pulled back, referee waves it away!
40 mins – BLOCK! More good work for Wright and his ball across face for Aribo to stab towards goal is well defended.
41 mins – CHANCE! Alex Lowry shot is blocked and from the corner Connor Goldson is free at the back post but shots wide.
HT – RANGERS 2 ROSS COUNTY 0
Excellent and enjoyable first half performance from a confident Rangers side.
Second half action
HT substitutions – OFF Joe Aribo On Amad Diallo. OFF Borna Barisic ON Leon Balogun
50 mins – Caution Baldwin Ross County for blocking a Leon Balogun run 📒
52 mins – POST! Tavernier free kick headed towards goal and hits the base of the post!
54 mins – BLOCK! Another double block as Lowry then Kent have efforts blocked. Rangers playing confidently, 2-0 lead.
61 mins – OFF John Lundstram, Ryan Kent ON Fashion Jnr and Steven Davis
63 mins – Caution Watson for a foul on Sakala 📒
72 mins – GOAL! Wright loses possession and Jordan White curls a right foot finish past Allan McGregor
Substitution OFF Scott Wright ON Scott Arfield
77 mins – CLOSE! Amad goes past his marker and drills a shot deflected just wide. Corner is cleared as Rangers look for another goal.
83 mins – GOOOAAAALLLLL! Another assist for the captain as his corner is headed home by the diving Fashion Jnr. 3-1 Rangers!
87 mins – CLOSE! Wonderful skill by Amad deserved a goal as he clears the bar with an opportunity he made all on his own. That was quality. Diallo is capable.
90 mins – GOALLLLL! It’s Amad Diallo! Great work by Bassey and he gets his deserved goal! 4-1 Rangers!
FT – Rangers 4 Ross County 1
Full time summary
A confident Rangers performance as they enjoyed themselves on a nice Ibrox evening. Dominating the first half they created numerous chances with two goals to show for their efforts.
A strong performance throughout the team individually but Alex Lowry sticking out like a sore thumb with a confidence in passing evident. A lovely give and go to create the penalty an insight into his thinking, he has a rare gift to see a pass others might not. He wasn’t the only one with Scott Wright and Joe Aribo also impressive.
A second half interrupted by substitutions and a team clearly aware of bigger challenges ahead, Rangers took the foot of the gas somewhat with Ross County seemingly uninterested. That until Jordan White curled in a great long range effort to give County some hope.
Rangers upped the gears and a third made the points safe in a game they dominated comfortably. A bonus fourth thoroughly deserved for Amad Diallo after another good cameo.
A confident professional performance throughout Rangers will be delighted with their nights work and now go into the final league weekend able to rotate and rest players ahead of next weeks double final challenge.
Sevilla and Hampden await a confident Rangers side and we look in good shape for it.
FT Rangers 4 Ross County 1
MOTM Alex Lowry
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