24-year-old has a shocker: Three worst Rangers players in win v St Johnstone
By Matt Bullin
Rangers earned a hard-fought 2-1 win against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on Sunday.
The result came courtesy of goals from Kenny Miller and Jon Toral and meant the Gers finished the season third in the Scottish Premiership.
It was a solid all round performance from the Glasgow giants, but here are the three worst performers.
Bates has been thrown in the deep end this season as he has been forced to play a number of games as an injury crisis hit Ibrox. He has looked fairly assured and confident in the majority of his appearances, but against St Johnstone he looked poor. He was arguably at fault for the host’s goal and looked uncertain throughout. If Pedro Caixinha wants the 20-year-old to play a part next season, he must improve dramatically, as for Rangers to challenge Celtic – reliable defenders are needed.
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Holt’s position and role in the team means he does not have much opportunity to express himself or get forward, but he looked particularly poor against St Johnstone. Although the 24-year-old mopped up well in front of the back four, in possession he looked short of ideas and lacking in creativity. Again, he is a player that must improve next season if the Gers are to finish anywhere near the Hoops, because this term he has fallen short of expectations, and in particular he had a shocker against St Johnstone.
The 22-year-old’s performance typified his spell at Ibrox – hot and cold. At times in the first half he looked superb, carrying the ball at pace and playing several key balls to his strikers. And in the second half, he scored a fine goal, finishing well into the bottom corner. However he wasted several opportunities and could have had a hat-trick if he was more clinical. He was also wasteful in possession at times and was weak when challenged for the ball. The Ibrox faithful will be happy to see the back of the Spaniard when he departs the club to return to Arsenal.
In other Rangers news, fans were divided on this 22-year-old’s performance against St Johnstone.