Three worst Rangers players in Scottish Cup semi-final defeat v Celtic
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Rangers were knocked out of the Scottish Cup on Sunday at Hampden Park as Celtic secured a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Scott Sinclair and Callum McGregor.
Midfielder McGregor gave the Hoops the lead in the first half, as Moussa Dembele latched on to a long ball which pierced the Rangers’ defence, setting up McGregor to fire home.
Brendan Rodgers’ side doubled the lead in the second half, as Scott Sinclair dusted himself off after winning a penalty before stepping up to squeeze the ball past Wes Foderingham from 12 yards.
Here, Football Insider names the three worst Rangers players to take to the field against their Old Firm rivals.
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The 18-year-old was ripped apart by Celtic’s on-loan England youth international Patrick Roberts, as well as giving the ball away when in possession on multiple occasions. The Maltese left-back’s only way of stopping Man City loanee Roberts was to foul the fleet-footed winger, which almost saw him receive a red card during the first half. In what was just his fifth appearance of the season, he can be forgiven for both nerves and inexperience, but manager Pedro Caixinha’s decision to start him in such a big game must be questioned.
Withdrawn after 45 minutes, the former Preston forward failed to get involved during the first half as Celtic dominated proceedings. Perhaps unlucky, he had little service throughout the match and he was left isolated against Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic, who coped with consummate ease again the Gers’ summer signing. It could be possible to count Garner’s first-half touches on both hands, and for that reason he was withdrawn for Barrie McKay at the break.
The former Leicester striker was guilty of missing a gilt-edged opportunity during Rangers’ late rally that would have given the 54-time Scottish champions a chance to set up a nervy final few minutes for Celtic to hold out. Waghorn was left unmarked in the Celtic penalty area, as he looked to head the ball into the far corner from eight yards out. However, he ballooned his effort over the bar as his goal drought now stretches back to Caixinha’s first game in charge at Ibrox.
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