Rangers player ratings as Scott Wright delivers game-changing display, but Ryan Kent struggles – .

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Rangers player ratings as Scott Wright delivers game-changing display, but Ryan Kent struggles – .


The Ten-a-side Rangers dug deep at Ibrox to claim a vital Europa League play-off victory over Alashkert.
John Lundstram’s red card in the first half pitted Steven Gerrard’s side in a tense first-leg encounter, but Alfredo Morelos struck after the break to claim the victory.

The Premiership champions now take a slim lead over Armenia next week, knowing that avoiding defeat will once again secure a move to the group stage.

Here’s how they rated Thursday night.

ALLAN McGREGOR : Recorded his 90th European appearance for Rangers and had little to do other than step out of his box for a quick release – 6

JAMES TAVERNIER : I’m still not playing with the verve and vigor that embodied last season. Nothing wrong with his desire and his help for Morelos was great – 6

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CONNOR GOLDSON : Thrown a few dangerous diagonals at Kent early on and must have been defensive alert on occasion when Alashkert busted out and got some heads off target – 6

FILIP HELANDER: A shocking pass just at halftime summed up his team’s neglect but never really troubled too much and will have much tougher nights in the future – 6

CALVIN BASSEY : Big night for the youngster and he tried to throw a flood of crosses into the box and called for a penalty just before the break. Showed the desire that many lacked – 7

JEAN LUNDSTRAM: He looked like he was growing up in the game when he was cautioned and then made it worse with a second yellow card which was utterly preventable. Drop your team – 3



John Lundstram receives his marching orders

STEVEN DAVIS : Again, one of the few who tried to stay calm as anxiety mounted and in the second half he controlled the tempo of the game much more effectively – 7

JOE ARIBO : Didn’t have his usual influence in an offensive sense, but won a lot of balls in the first half when the team was struggling and resumed their performances after the break – 6

IANIS HAGI: Floated in and out of the game in the first half, but showed a lot more energy, desire and creativity after the break and he more than played his part when Rangers faced him – 7

ALFREDO MORELOS: Did next to nothing for an hour other than missing a great opportunity with a header, but when the next opportunity presented itself he kept a header to score the vital goal he desperately needed – 6

RYAN KENT : Hit the bar but should have scored and it was another night where next to nothing happened for a player who looks lacking in confidence and he did not reappear after the break – 4

SUBSCRIBERS:

SCOTT WRIGHT : For Kent at halftime and made a huge difference with his attitude, abilities and energy – 7

SCOTT ARFIELD : Replaced Aribo 10 minutes from the end – 2

CEDRIC ITTEN : Got the last seven minutes for Morelos – 2

STEPHEN KELLY : Injury time under for Hagi – 1

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