Things we learned – Rangers 1-0 Lech Poznan

By Jamie Currie
 October 31, 2020

Rangers overcame a decent Lech Poznan side by a 1-0 scorline at Ibrox in Europa League group D. The victory came through a second-half Alfredo Morelos header. That goal ended the Colombian's mini-slump and it means Rangers sit with maximum points as they enter the double header with Benfica who also have maximum points.

I will take a look at some of the talking points and things we learned as Steven Gerrard's men continued their superb start to the season.

Rangers were comfortable in this game and their defensive shape was superb

Lech were very good at overloading the wide areas, however, from their 10 shots on goal the Poles couldn't muster a shot on target. The best efforts from the visitors came from an Ishak effort in the first half and a Rogne header in the second period.

They were never able to penetrate through the middle of the Rangers side and that was down to the middle three and the two centre-halves, cutting off the passing lanes in those areas. Yes, they did switch the play and use the wide areas but Goldson and Balogun eat up most of the crosses. The fact they couldn't achieve a shot on target tells its own story as to how strong Rangers' defensive display was.

Glen Kamara continues to impress

He's in the form of his life, and during this particular 90 minutes, Glen Kamara stood out like a sore thumb.

He was the best of the midfield players playing 62 passes – the highest of any Rangers player on the night, with a passing accuracy of 85.5%.

Additionally, he won two out of two aerial duels and three out of four ground duels and he won two tackles and made two interceptions.

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of Kamara's performance was how high he played within Rangers' 4-3-2-1 system.

Rangers v lech poznan

He was almost as high as Roofe, Kent and Hagi, which is previously unheard of. However, he was crucial in Rangers' best spell of the match winning the ball back and keeping the game moving. In fact, he was the who made the drive forward to create space in the lead-up to the goal.

Alfredo Morelos is still the main man

He came on with the fire in his belly; he looked up for it and right away he changed Rangers' attacking outlook. It was as if he gave everyone a lift. Replacing Kemar Roofe with 27 minutes to go, he had two shots on target to Roofe's one and he nodded the winner, meaning Rangers maintained their winning start to the group but also scoring for the first time in six matches.

Steven Gerrard made a point of saying that he left him out due to the number of games he had played but he certainly provided the attacking spark that Rangers had been missing until he arrived on the pitch. Additionally, he equalled the Rangers European goalscoring record by grabbing his 21st for the club. For me, he's the best striker at the club and I reckon he would work well with Kemar Roofe in one of the supporting roles. But he gave a clear message: write the Bufalo off at your peril.

It wasn't Rangers' most aesthetically pleasing 90 minutes in Europe under Steven Gerrard but it leaves them in great shape going into the Benfica double-header.

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