Rangers today play St Johnstone in our third game in a week at Ibrox Stadium. A comfortable, if not electrifying, victory against Killie was followed up by a much higher tempo victory in the Champions league qualifying round against USG.
Five goals and two clean sheets welcomed but whilst Rangers are very much a work in progress we can take some positives from the performance of individuals, notably Malik Tillman and Tom Lawrence. Both look to be settling in really well and whilst it will take time, we hope for more positivity today.
St Johnstone will be a stuffy opponent and no doubt will play similarly to both Kilmarnock and USG so Rangers will be well versed in our game plan.
Rangers team – McLaughlin, Tavernier, Davies, Goldson, Barisic, Jack, Lundstram, Tillman, Wright, Matondo, Čolak
Substitutions – McGregor, Ridvan, Davis, Lawrence, Kamara, King, Arfield, Fashion, Morelos
First half action
3 mins – Penalty shout – Čolak spins and looks to be held, nothing doing.
4 Mins – Tillman chases down GK kick but rebounds away from goal.
13 mins – Carey shot for St J straight at McLaughlin.
17 mins – CHANCE! St J should score, Rangers met Murphy cross and Bair is on deck as he hooks a great chance wide. Wake up Rangers!
27 mins – Better football but Tillman drives over his shot.
30 mins – Lundstram effort well saved by Matthews, better.
32 mins – GOOOAAAALLL! Tav cross to back post is headed home, well in off the bar by Malik Tillman. 1-0 Rangers!
33 mins – Good by Matondo and his inviting cross almost finds Čolak.
38 mins – Caution 📒 Montgomery late on Jack.
40 mins – Lovely football and move by Rangers but sadly Lundstram drives just over.
45 mins – Jack effort after a really good chipped pass by Goldson.
Half time – Rangers 1 St Johnstone 0
Second half action
48 mins – Barisic drives one over.
51 mins – BAR! Matondo onto a nice pass by Lundstram and smacks the bar with curling effort.
53 mins – Caution 📒 Phillips into book for St J.
54 mins – Caution 📒 Goldson for a pull.
56 mins – CLOSE! Barisic fk just over after Lundstram was taken down.
62 mins – GOOOOAAAALLLL! Brilliant tackle by Matondo and Čolak spins to score! 2-0 Rangers!
SUBSTITUTIONS – Arfield, Morelos, Lawrence ON – Wright, Tillman, Čolak OFF
77 mins – Jack drives one wide from a Tavernier corner.
SUBSTITUTIONS – OFF Ben Davies, John Lundstram – ON Leon King, Glen Kamara
80 mins – GOALLLL! Lovely pass by Ryan Jack and Matondo rounds the GK to square for Arfield to tap home 3-0 Rangers!
82 mins – GOOOAAAALLLL! Tom Lawrence with a lovely finish after a great team move and an assist for Scott Arfield. 4-0 Rangers!
Full time result – Rangers 4 vs St Johnstone 0
Really good day for Rangers. A patient beginning to the game and Rangers worked it well in places without overly threatening. St J had the chance which they didn’t take and then Rangers didn’t look back.
Lovely goals for Tillman, Čolak, Arfield and Lawrence spreads the goals as well, assists for Tavernier, Matondo twice and Arfield. That’s good numbers and the new lads beginning to affect games this early is a huge positive.
On to Tuesday for Rangers but a lot of positives there for everyone.
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