Rangers 2-0 Livingston: Ianis Hagi works his magic from the bench to send Steven Gerrard's side through
Report as Ianis Hagi makes instant impact from the bench to tee up Kemar Roofe for opener before Alfredo Morelos' second for Rangers in 2-0 win over Livingston; semi-final draw to be held after Celtic's quarter-final with Raith Rovers on Thursday Half-time substitute Ianis Hagi unlocked a stubborn Livingston defence as Rangers progressed to the Premier Sports Cup semi-finals following a 2-0 Ibrox victory.
RANGERS avoided another calamitous early cup exit and booked their first trip to Hampden in nearly two years tonight with an assured display against opponents who travelled to Ibrox fresh from a win over Celtic and hopeful of pulling off an upset. It took Connor Goldson and his team mates some time to wear down David Martindale’s side and secure a place in the semi-finals.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has a tough decision to make regarding the heart of his defence and in particular, Leon Balogun. The Nigerian international is tried and trusted, but will he come in for the forseeable next to Connor Goldson or will the Gers boss continue to rotate the partnership?
Steven Gerrard has to win a domestic cup competition this year, it’s as simple as that. His European record has provided some protection from criticism but now, in his fourth year as Rangers manager, he really has to delivery more of what the Light Blues faithful crave – big, shiny, silver things being waved at them.
The Ibrox boss rued the 'movie' he watched against Motherwell and that could lead to a new cast featuring against Livingston. Rangers have received a double injury boost ahead of their Premier Sports Cup quarter-final clash with Livingston at Ibrox. Both Ianis Hagi and Nathan Patterson are available again as Steven Gerrard has options as he looks to find a way past David Martindale's side who are basking in the glow of their 1-0 win over Celtic.
With Rangers losing Filip Helander for an extended period, Noel Whelan has tipped Steven Gerrard's side to add a Premier League defender in January. The Swedish defender will be sidelined for the foreseeable future having gone under the knife after being stretchered off during the 2-1 win over St Johnstone.
Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister has underlined the importance of the Premier Sports Cup to the Ibrox club as they attempt to win the trophy for the first time in 11 years. The domestic cup competitions have been a consistent source of frustration and failure for Rangers in recent years with Steven Gerrard unable to buck that trend since his appointment as manager in 2018.
Rangers injury update as Ianis Hagi and Nathan Patterson offer double boost ahead of Premier Sports Cup clash
The Romanian has been out since testing positive for Covid but is back in contention for the Premier Sports Cup clash. Rangers have been boosted by the return of Ianis Hagi for their Premier Sports Cup quarter final showdown against Livingston at Ibrox. The Romanian has been out since the international break break after testing positive for Covid but is available again for Steven Gerrard’s men.
Steven Gerrard was visibly fuming at his side for not only dropping two points against Motherwell, but for not taking any of the numerous chances that they created to add to their 1-0 lead before or after the break. It is a problem that has been part of Rangers play since the season kicked off and needs to be eradicated sooner, rather than later, if we are to retain our league title – you would think that automatic Champions League qualification would be a strong motivating factor.
Trying to take the plus points out of a 1-1 draw with Motherwell at home, with 24 attempts on goal is never going to be easy, however, in Fashion Sakala’s performance there was at least some light at the end of the tunnel. We have been guilty in the past of being over elaborate with our play, Sakala though, only has one thought in mind when he picks up possession anywhere near the box – head down and hit it.
Rangers should never be dropping points in a game in which they have had 24 shots on goal, it’s as simple as that, especially when the opposition only has one. The lack of a cutting edge has been a problem this season, a goal difference of just six after six games would indicate that we are giving too many teams a chance to take points off us and after seeing his side lose a cheap goal, again, Steven Gerrard is far from happy with what he is seeing, as reported by The Scottish Sun:
Rangers will be looking to end thier run of two games without a win in all competitions as they come up against Livingston in the League Cup tomorrow. After losing 2-0 to Lyon in the Europa League and drawing 1-1 with Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership, the Gers have a chance to get back to winning ways in the cup.
Brian Laudrup flags up Rangers incident he spotted and the 'furious reaction' that underlines miscues
The Ibrox wing king expects more but believes his former club will get things right despite some early season errors. Rangers icon Brian Laudrup believes early season upheaval is behind the Ibrox side's mixed start to the new campaign. Steven Gerrard 's side have navigated their way to the Premiership summit but the manager knows full well his side have yet to hit the heights of last season.
THE numbers tell their own story for Steven Gerrard. His words were a message as well as a warning. Gerrard’s assessment that Rangers’ Premiership clash with Motherwell on Sunday was a 3-0 or 4-0 game was accurate on paper. On the park, of course, the reality was very different as two points were dropped courtesy of a 1-1 draw.
STEVEN GERRARD has backed Juninho Bacuna to burst onto the scene with Rangers after admitting opportunities for the midfielder to impress may be 'imminent' at Ibrox. Bacuna made his debut for the champions on Sunday as he came off the bench during the 1-1 draw at home to Motherwell.
In any analysis of Rangers’ stuttering start to the season, it is natural for the focus to be on the regression of the high defensive standards previously set by Steven Gerrard’s squad. In dropping two points at home to Motherwell on Sunday, Kaiyne Woolery’s equaliser for the visitors was the fifth goal Rangers have conceded in their opening six Premiership fixtures.
Steven Gerrard has provided an update on Rangers centre-forward Alfredo Morelos’ injury situation. What’s the latest? Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Alfredo Morelos was rested from the start against Motherwell to protect him from aggravating his hamstring injury. The Gers head coach has revealed that he had a tight hamstring after the defeat to Lyon and that he did not want to risk him on Sunday.
Rangers dropped points for the second time this season, the first time at home since March 2020, but if there was a silver lining, it was that we remain a point clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table and are now four points clear of Celtic.
STEVEN GERRARD branded his defence ‘flaky’ after Motherwell put a dampener on Rangers' flag day. And the frustrated Gers boss insists his team will NOT retain their Premiership title if they continue to give away soft goals. Gerrard’s side looked firmly on course to make it 22 straight home league wins when Fashion Sakala gave them an early lead.
STEVEN GERRARD admitted Rangers paid the price for their profligacy in the final third as a '3-0, 4-0 game' turned into two dropped points at home to Motherwell. The champions missed the chance to move six points clear of Old Firm rivals Celtic as they were held by the Steelmen on the day the league flag was unfurled at Ibrox.