The Rangers Review journalist Jonny McFarlane was left praising the performance of James Sands as Glasgow Rangers won 4-1 at Ibrox on Saturday.
The Lowdown: Much-needed victory
After drawing 1-1 at home to Livingston in the Premiership last weekend, which was followed up by a 3-0 loss at Napoli in the Champions League in midweek, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team needed a comfortable win against Aberdeen yesterday to help get themselves back on track.
They fell behind midway through the first half through Connor Barron’s goal, but Antonio Colak, John Lundstram, James Tavernier and Alfredo Morelos got themselves on the scoresheet to ensure a comfortable home victory in the end.
The Latest: Sands praised
Taking to Twitter, McFarlane was full of praise for Sands in particular, calling his performance ‘outstanding‘.
He also suggested that the defensive midfielder was an ‘unsung hero‘ for Rangers, having not registered a goal or assist but impressing throughout.
The Verdict: Faith repaid
Saturday was only Sands’ fifth start in the Premiership so far this season, and he certainly repaid the faith shown in him by Van Bronckhorst.
The USA international won four of his duels against Aberdeen and also made one clearance, one tackle and three accurate long balls in the match (SofaScore).
He boasted an 89% pass accuracy, the joint-fourth highest of his team-mates, and recorded 91 touches of the ball, the second-most of any Gers player (SofaScore).
It was a complete performance worthy of Sands keeping his starting place in the Rangers line-up.
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