Rangers 2-0 Kilmarnock: Kemar Roofe and Ryan Kent on target for hosts


Kemar Roofe (far left) got the crucial touch to give Rangers the lead

Kemar Roofe scored his first Rangers goal as they returned to victory over Kilmarnock and were three points clear atop the Premiership.

Roofe scored moments after leading an effort against the post.

Ryan Kent, who was the subject of a failed £ 10million offer to Leeds United this week, had previously tested Danny Rogers with a curling strike.

But he found the net with a calm finish as Ibrox’s side recorded a fifth clean sheet of five.

Unlike Rangers’ 0-0 draw with Livingston last week, Ibrox’s side managed to turn their dominance into goals, but they had to wait.

Brandon Barker and Kent made saves from Rogers and Kent was also foiled by a crucial intervention from Aaron McGowan at the end of a breakaway.

With Alfredo Morelos ruled out of the Rangers squad, Roofe and Cedric Itten secured their first starts and Roofe managed a Borna Barisic cross over Rogers’ left post early in the second half.

But the same combination paid off moments later when left-back Barisic’s weak performance was sidelined by the former Anderlecht striker.

James Tavernier set up Kent to place a second to Rogers’ left after the Rangers captain saw his initial shot blocked.

Kilmarnock, still winless this season, offered little offense and didn’t give much to goaltender Jon McLaughlin.

Man of the Match – Ryan Kent

Kent has been lively throughout and if Leeds were to renew their interest, the Rangers would hate losing their fittest player.

What have we learned?

When Roofe and Cedric Itten were named in the starting lineup, it looked like Gerrard had two front lines, but Itten initially played wide on the right with Roofe in the middle.

Neither really affected the game until Itten moved inside in the second half and the first goal quickly followed.

Barker was busy in a rare Rangers start and the home side were more than willing to shoot from long range when Kilmarnock closed the gap around the area.

Killie has done this well for long stretches of time, but in the future they have been unable to render much service to Eamonn Brophy or his replacement Nicke Kabamba.

And after?

The Rangers are out at Hamilton Academical on Saturday night and Kilmarnock will host Dundee United earlier today.


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