Rangers missed the opportunity to seal their place in the Europa League knockout stage last night as they were held to a 2-2 draw away to Feyenoord.
Steven Gerrard’s side had been on course to ensure their passage to the last 32 when they led 2-1 after Alfredo Morelos’ double saw them overturn a half-time deficit, only for Luis Sinisterra’s equaliser and Porto’s 2-1 win away to Young Boys to take the battle for qualification to the final matchday.
However, Rangers are still in a strong position to advance, with a draw at home to Young Boys in two weeks’ time good enough to see them through as they enter the final matchday top of Group G.
Morelos was among the standout performers last night with his two goals, while goalkeeper Allan McGregor made three saves to keep Feyenoord at bay, particularly during the first half when they had the majority of chances.
Another Rangers man who impressed at De Kuip was Ryan Kent, the winger supplying the cross from which Morelos headed the equalising goal on 52 minutes (as per Sky Sports).
The 23-year-old made three key passes on the night, the joint-most of any Rangers player, while also completing three successful dribbles (the most among Gerrard’s side) and recording an 87.2% passing success rate with 34 of his 39 passes finding a team-mate. [via WhoScored]
Kent’s performance met with approval from several reporters covering the game. Christopher Jack of the Evening Times felt that he had “a good showing overall”, while The Scottish Sun‘s David Friel thought that the ‘Gers could have got even more out of him, saying: “Rangers just didn’t get the ball to the winger enough”.
James Black of Rangers News wrote of an “industrious peformance from the winger” who “won back possession a number of times”, while Scott Mullen lauded the former Liverpool man‘s performance in his BBC match report, saying that Kent “really was the bright light for Rangers” and noting how “his surging runs repeatedly caused problems” for Feyenoord.
The winger did not have an effective start to the campaign, with no goals and only one assist prior to last weekend, but another assist last night following on from his brace against Hamilton suggests that his season could be about to take off at an ideal time, with Rangers facing eight games in a hectic December.
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