Man of the Match

Rangers had a few candidates for man of the match in their win over Osijek. Unlike the second leg against Shkupi, the team was put under sustained pressure and stood up to it.

Allan McGregor made a great save in the second half, and some comfortable saves in the first. He was also invaluable in keeping things organised and slowing down the play when required. One cross looked like one he could have held, but he chose to punch it and won the free kick. Another overhit free kick was palmed away for a corner when it looked to be going wide. He had no way of being sure of that. Most fans are convinced we’d have conceded a goal in the last two matches had he not been signed.

Alfredo Morelos, for all the criticism he’s taken, was excellent. His hold-up play let Rangers get into the game at spells. The goal was a smart finish, but also a good use of his strength to get into that position. When he ripped the defender apart and played the ball across for Coulibaly, he was unlucky not to get an assist. There’s been rumours that the management team were unhappy with him in the Shkupi matches. This performance will have went a long way to changing their views if that’s the case.

Man of the match in my opinion was Connor Goldson. Early signs would suggest this won’t be the only time I’m saying that. He has everything a defender needs in the game these days, being strong and quick. His reading of the match is usually spot on, and he never has to go to ground. On the ball, he’s composed, and can often start good attacks with a long pass.

In this match, he was far more tested than against Shkupi. Not only did he play well individually, his leadership brought out more in others. He could be seen to be talking to players to sharpen up, or move into the correct position. There were plenty of moments where his positioning alone killed the attack. His partnership with Katic seems to be pretty good already, as they can hold an offside line or drop deep when required.

When you consider that Goldson hasn’t played a lot of first team football in recent years, it’s clear to see why Brighton rated him so highly. The Rangers fans are rightly excited by the prospect of him developing with us.

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