Words: Rory Buchanan
It was another example of domination for Rangers, as Mark Warburton secured his eighth consecutive victory since taking charge of the Ibrox club. While the team weren’t at their best for the entirety of the game, it was a comfortable 5-1 victory, with some exquisite flashes of play at times. Overall the manager should be happy, however, he’s yet to see the team really turn it on for 90 minutes.
Wes Foderingham – 6
The keeper looked comfortable once again, with not a huge amount to do. He made a couple of good saves and collected from the occasional cross. However, he should have done better for Aidan Smith’s goal. Overall he’ll be disappointed to not continue his clean sheet run.
James Tavernier – 6
The full-back had another good game, even if he was slightly less effective than the past few games. He continued to constantly bomb forward, always attempting to provide opportunities for others, as well as having a shot or two himself. Will be disappointed not to have got on the score-sheet this time.
Rob Keirnan – 6
Once again Keirnan continued to look calm and collected, until one through ball completely caught both he and Wilson out. This isn’t the first time it’s happened, and Davie Weir looked particularly disappointed with their mistake. He arguably could have been sent off for his challenge on Smith, but overall it was another good game for the former Wigan player.
Danny Wilson – 6
As with his English counterpart, the former Hearts man strolled through the game. He made a particularly impressive intervention just outside the 6 yard box in the first half. However, also like Keirnan, he should have done better in closing down Smith’s run on goal. In general though, another good performance as hopefully his and Keirnan’s partnership grows.
Lee Wallace – N/A
The Captain had to go off after 32 minutes due to a small injury. Fingers crossed it’s nothing too serious, as the entire first-team defence featured yesterday, and the squad is lacking depth.
Andy Halliday – 7
Halliday continues to mark his return to Scotland with another impressive performance. Strolled through the game once again, and made a good run to get on the end of Barrie McKay’s assist. A nice finish into the bottom right corner got the goals started, as well as hitting the later free-kick that led to the afternoon’s second penalty.
Jason Holt – 7
The former Hearts player continues to not only impress but make it look so easy. I wouldn’t be surprised if many still haven’t realised just how much Holt is contributing to the team due to his quiet persona both off and on the field. Did well to put the ball into the back of the net after his first attempt was knocked back, and made effective passes all afternoon. At £65,000 he may be the best bit of business all summer.
Gedion Zelalem – 6
The Arsenal youngster got his first real taste of what he’ll be up against this season. While he had an impressive first half, making several cutting passes, he struggled slightly in the second half. This was in no small part due to his being on the receiving end of a number of blatant fouls. However, he did provide the assist for Holt’s goal. Will continue to progress as he finds his feet up North.
Barrie McKay – 8
McKay is a player reformed under Mark Warburton. For not the first time this season, the twenty year old ran the show for the Light Blues. He not only did well to set up the first goal, but a majority of chances came due to the youngster’s fine footwork. While his head may sometimes be quicker than his feet, he was rewarded for his hard work with the fourth goal.
Martyn Waghorn – 7
The striker will be delighted to get on the score-sheet twice against Queen of the South. However, he’ll be hoping to score more from open-play, as both goals came from penalties. As expected from his reputation, he’s maybe more of a creator than a finisher, and he linked well with Miller to get the assist for McKay’s tap-in. Cracking second penalty too.
Kenny Miller – 6
The “elder statesman” had a good game, constantly running all over the field trying to create chances and help out where he could. Had some lovely passes with Waghorn to set up Barrie McKay’s goal, but for me he’s most effective in the penalty box. Can sometimes be a little bit aimless when not playing explicitly as a striker.
Dominic Ball – 5
The Spurs loanee did well after replacing Lee Wallace at left-back on the half hour mark. While clearly not totally comfortable at this position, he did well enough to gain pass marks.
Nathan Oduwa – 4
Showed some audacious touches at times, but still struggled to really affect games. Made a good run to the by-line but should have passed, instead he made a silly attempt on goal at far too tight an angle.
Fraser Aird – 3
Came on for Tavernier with approx. 20 minutes to go. Didn’t impose himself on the game at the right-back position.
Mark Warburton – 10
The man’s hat is magic.