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COMMENT by Russell Edge

Football Insider rates the Rangers players in their 2-1 victory against Partick Thistle on Sunday:

Foderingham 6 – Looked unconvincing when the ball was swung into the box, but pulled off an outstanding point-blank save to deny Ryan Edwards.

Tavernier 4 – Suspect defensively but offered some width down the right hand side. Failed to deliver any meaningful chances from open play or set pieces though.

Bates 4 – Was caught out by Doolan for the opening goal in a showing of his inexperience at the back. Looked out of touch with his fellow defenders and will not have impressed his manager.

Wilson 5 – Was as suspect as the rest of Pedro Caixinha’s defence in the first half. Had the stuffing knocked out of him in the second half and was forced off with what looked like a dead leg.

Beerman 5 – The 18-year-old demonstrated his inexperience with a disappointing defensive performance. Found himself with the ball down the left on a number of occasions but managed to create little with it.

Holt 5 – An energetic performance but was not provided any chance to prove himself on the ball. Replaced by Barry McKay in a move which improved Rangers.

Windass 4 – One of a number of players who seemed to go missing for 90% of the match. Not much to say about his performance otherwise.

Miller 7 – A passenger through no fault of his own. Ran and ran but nothing came off for the 37-year-old, who will be feeling let down by his team mates. Came alive in the last minute and delivered a delicious ball for Garner to head home in the last minute.

Waghorn 3 – Who? The striker was completely invisible before being replaced early in the second half to the ironic applause of the Rangers fans. A really disappointing performance.

Dodoo 5 –  Probably should have earned his side a penalty in the first half but created precious little down the left. Came alive in the last 10 minutes.

Garner 8 – Caused the Thistle defenders real problems with his physicality up front and won header after header. Unfortunately for the Gers, his team mates could not capitalise on his efforts. He had the last laugh however with his last-minute header.

Subs:

Hill 6 (Waghorn 53′) – Brought on to change up the formation into a 3-4-3, and his experience at the back made Rangers look much more resilient. Demonstrated his leadership qualities in marshalling the inexperienced Bates beside him.

Barjonas 6 (Wilson 71′) – Came on and helped turn the game Rangers way with a solid midfield.

McKay 7 (Holt 76′) – Was the man to make the difference with a smart finish with the clock ticking down. Inspired Gers to attack and it worked out in their favour.

In other Rangers news, Gordon Smith made a surprising claim about the players’ feelings towards boss Pedro Caixinha.

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