Rangers 2-0 Coventry City: match report as Gustavo Hamer and Ryan Giles impress at Ibrox


The Coventry City players had a difficult return to action in their first friendly of the summer – beaten 2-0 by Rangers at Ibrox.Mark Robins has named a familiar side in the build-up to the game with promotion heroes Jordan Shipley, Matty Godden, Marko Marosi, Dom Hyam, Liam Kelly and Callum O’Hare.

He also handed over the greatly impressed summer signing Gustavo Hamer, his first race in sky blue with Ryan Giles, Jack Burroughs, Josh Pask and Declan Drysdale also in the starting XI.

But the Rangers, well ahead of the Sky Blues in their own preseason plans, proved too much for City’s second-half team, with Robins making nine changes during the interval.

Joe Aribo and Connor Goldson were on the scoresheet, but Godden had the ball in the net before the offside flag was hoisted in the air by the linesman.

Despite the experience in the ranks of the Robins, the Rangers seemed the fittest from the start and could have taken the lead quickly thanks to Alfredo Morelos.

But City held on and quickly turned the tide. Having found their marks, Coventry looked like they had never been parted despite the 140-day break between their trip to Ibrox and their victory over Ipswich Town in March – their last outing.

Loanee Giles was in good shape on the left, helped by an expert delivery from € 1.5million man Hamer who will also have thrilled Sky Blues fans with his performance.

And he almost played a vital role in a City goal midway through the first half when he tied O’Hare to send Godden on goal, but Rangers keeper Allan McGregor was there to erase.

On the other end, Drysdale was the star of City’s three fullbacks in the first half. He landed two engaged blocks to keep Morelos and Ryan Jack from hitting the net, the second of which was a freestyle jump to push a curling effort off the far post.

The big talking point of the first half came just in death as City saw a goal from Godden disallowed.

Giles, Hamer and O’Hare were all involved again as they found the impressive Shipley on the left, but the Robins forward had moved away from offside by the time the low cross was on his way to him.

The break saw nine changes for the Sky Blues, including the introduction of Jodi Jones, Marcel Hilssner and Max Biamou – but were punished immediately after the break by Aribo.

The Rangers forward played a cheeky brace with Morelos before moving past Ben Wilson, to replace Marosi in the interim, and around the corner.

And it didn’t take long for the Gers to double their lead, this time thanks to former Brighton Goldson.

The central defender climbed the highest to take a corner into City’s net.

But again, just like in the first half, Robins’ second-string team quickly found their marks with Jodi Jones and Amadou Bakayoko both coming closer in impressive individual performances in the second half.

Youngsters Blaine Rowe and Jonny Ngandu were also featured alongside Hilssner who will be disappointed with his lack of involvement from the bench.

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