Rangers 2-0 Kilmarnock: Alfredo Morelos go back ‘crucial’, says Giovanni Van Bronckhorst

Alfredo Morelos celebrates
Alfredo Morelos sealed Rangers’ win within the 88th minute

Giovanni van Bronckhorst says Alfredo Morelos’ first look of the season used to be “crucial” after the striker sealed Rangers’ win in opposition to Kilmarnock.

The synthetic added to Antonio Colak’s opener after 5 months out injured.

Rangers face Union Saint-Gilloise on Tuesday, in the hunt for to overturn a 2-0 deficit in Champions League qualifying.

“You’ll see what he brings, no longer most effective to the squad but additionally the best way the lovers handled him when he got here on,” stated supervisor Van Bronckhorst.

“For him those first mins of the season and after 5 months used to be crucial. I’m certain he’s going to most effective get more potent with every recreation he’s going to be concerned about.”

Whilst Rangers made it two Scottish Premiership wins out of 2, Kilmarnock are nonetheless searching for their first top-flight victory since promotion.

Rangers got here out decided to strengthen upon Tuesday’s defeat in Belgium and ruled ownership and territory.

Malik Tillman burst via within the within proper channel most effective to have his shot blocked.

Tom Lawrence virtually gave the hosts the lead with a dipping volley from lengthy vary that rattled the crossbar in between two Scott Wright efforts that goalkeeper Sam Walker handled.

For Killie, Ash Taylor used to be afforded a unprecedented sight of function at a Fraser Murray free-kick however headed off course.

The guests took encouragement from that into the second one part and Murray squared for Rory McKenzie to flick the ball over.

The leap forward arrived after 51 mins when Colak discovered Lawrence then gained the go back to slip a shot around the bows of Walker and into the web for his first Rangers function.

And Morelos used to be available when fellow exchange Rabbi Matondo’s low ball throughout made it all of the technique to the again submit watching for a end.

Guy of the fit – Tom Lawrence

Tom Lawrence evades a tackle for Rangers against Kilmarnock
The makes an attempt didn’t at all times come off for Lawrence however he used to be at all times a keen player and supplied an help

Progressed Rangers made to attend

Going ahead, there used to be an power and intent to the house aspect’s play that have been missing in fresh performances.

Van Bronckhorst’s aspect nonetheless seem like a crew getting to understand one some other with summer time signings Tillman, Lawrence, Colak and Ridvan Yilmaz doing the operating however no longer at all times recognizing the move or getting away a shot in time.

Rangers will wish to display extra ruthlessness within the ultimate 3rd if they’re to peg again Union SG.

Kilmarnock have been neatly drilled and organised, as anticipated from a Derek McInnes aspect. In particular efficient used to be their doubling up means in full-back spaces, which snuffed out a large number of unhealthy moments.

In assault, Kyle Lafferty and Oli Shaw may just no longer isolate both Connor Goldson or James Sands and seldom threatened Jon McLaughlin’s function.

Daniel Armstrong and Alan Energy had efforts deflected off course at 1-0 that can have modified the sport.

What they stated

Rangers supervisor Giovanni van Bronckhorst: “Very happy. It is at all times an excessively tricky recreation while you play in opposition to opposition who make it tricky so that you can create a large number of house. We have been having issues slightly bit with developing possibilities.

“While you stay pushing, in the end the distance will are available in the second one part. It is crucial for the strikers, for his or her self belief and in addition for Tom Lawrence and Rabbi Matondo to get an help.”

Kilmarnock supervisor Derek McInnes: “We make a take on and play it proper into Colak’s trail, which is disappointing. The function that they get to present them impetus within the recreation got here from our personal mistake.

“We had some excellent moments however sadly for us no longer sufficient. You’ll have to mention Rangers should win. I believed we have been first rate for lengthy spells and I am overjoyed with the gamers’ efforts.”

What is subsequent?

Rangers host Union Saint-Gilloise in Tuesday’s Champions League 3rd qualifying spherical 2d leg (19:45 BST), then welcome St Johnstone to Ibrox within the Premiership subsequent Saturday (15:00). Kilmarnock entertain Celtic within the league subsequent Sunday (12:00).

Participant of the fit

MorelosAlfredo Morelos


  1. Squad quantity20Participant titleMorelos

  2. Squad quantity10Participant titleDavis

  3. Squad quantity71Participant titleTillman

  4. Squad quantity11Participant titleLawrence

  5. Squad quantity9Participant titleColak

  6. Squad quantity4Participant titleLundstram

  7. Squad quantity2Participant titleTavernier

  8. Squad quantity17Participant titleMatondo

  9. Squad quantity33Participant titleMcLaughlin

  10. Squad quantity37Participant titleArfield

  11. Squad quantity6Participant titleGoldson

  12. Squad quantity31Participant titleBarisic

  13. Squad quantity23Participant titleWright

  14. Squad quantity3Participant titleYilmaz

  15. Squad quantity19Participant titleSands


  1. Squad quantity7Participant titleMcKenzie

  2. Squad quantity19Participant titleWright

  3. Squad quantity4Participant titleEnergy

  4. Squad quantity9Participant titleShaw

  5. Squad quantity15Participant titleMurray

  6. Squad quantity22Participant titleDonnelly

  7. Squad quantity5Participant titleTaylor

  8. Squad quantity28Participant titleLafferty

  9. Squad quantity3Participant titleDorsett

  10. Squad quantity25Participant titleAlebiosu

  11. Squad quantity20Participant titleWalker

  12. Squad quantity11Participant titleArmstrong

  13. Squad quantity31Participant titlePolworth

  14. Squad quantity21Participant titleMcInroy

  15. Squad quantity27Participant titleCameron



Formation 4-3-3

  • 33McLaughlin
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 19Sands
  • 3YilmazSubstituted forBarisicat 63′mins
  • 4Lundstram
  • 11Lawrence
  • 10Davis
  • 23WrightSubstituted forMatondoat 63′mins
  • 9ColakSubstituted forMorelosat 64′mins
  • 71TillmanSubstituted forArfieldat 75′mins


  • 1McGregor
  • 8Jack
  • 17Matondo
  • 18Kamara
  • 20Morelos
  • 26Davies
  • 31Barisic
  • 37Arfield
  • 43King


Formation 3-4-3

  • 20Walker
  • 5TaylorBooked at 14mins
  • 3Dorsett
  • 19Wright
  • 25Alebiosu
  • 4EnergySubstituted forMcInroyat 84′mins
  • 22DonnellyBooked at 38minsSubstituted forPolworthat 60′mins
  • 15MurrayBooked at 85mins
  • 7McKenzieBooked at 49minsSubstituted forCameronat 84′minsBooked at 86mins
  • 28LaffertySubstituted forArmstrongat 75′minsBooked at 82mins
  • 9Shaw


  • 11Armstrong
  • 12Hodson
  • 14Sanders
  • 17Lyons
  • 18Waters
  • 21McInroy
  • 27Cameron
  • 31Polworth
  • 50Woods

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