Rangers’ record on this day – P: 22 W: 13 D: 4 L: 5
GD: +29 F: 52 A: 23
Win %: 59.09%
Average Goals Scored P/M: 2.36, Conceded: 1.05
1880: A George Angus hat-trick gives Rangers a 3-0 win
Steven Gerrard hailed Kemar Roofe’s moment of genius and insisted he had never seen a better goal live than the Rangers frontman’s stunning strike from inside his own half that sank Standard Liege in rain-soaked Belgium.
The Ibrox boss has a catalogue of impressive goals from his playing days but he admitted none stack up to the effort which put the seal on a 2-0 Europa League triumph at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne.
James Tavernier fired Gers ahead from the penalty spot as the Light Blues claimed their first away win in a group-stage clash since Walter Smith’s team beat Lyon back in 2007.
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Gerrard brought Calvin Bassey on in place of Barisic just before half time in the Europa League clash in Belgium and there were instantly fears for the Croatia international.
However, Gerrard has struck a positive note on the left-back and explained the club doctor is not overly concerned.
The Rangers boss confirmed that Barisic will be assessed on Friday morning, but the feeling the club have at present is that the Croatian has not suffered a serious issue.
“The doctor is not too worried at moment”, Gerrard was quoted as saying by the Press Association.
“We’ll have to see what he is like in the morning.
“He felt some tightness in the quad muscle but we’ll assess it tomorrow and probably have a better picture then.
“But we don’t think it’s a huge problem”, the Rangers manager added.
Rangers are next in action at the weekend against Livingston at Ibrox as they continue their Scottish Premiership campaign.
The Gers then return to Europa League duty with a visit from Polish side Lech Poznan.
The Light Blues have kept arch-rivals Celtic on their toes in the last two seasons, but are now pushing to go one better and win the Scottish Premiership this term.
Having won nine and drawn two of their nine games so far, Rangers have placed themselves in a good position to end the Hoops’ nine-year-long title reign.
With their eyes on the league title and success overall, the Gers are aware of the importance of being together as a team and achieving their goals this season, according to Kent.
The 23-year-old feels the failures in the last two season have brought Rangers closer than before, bringing more clarity to what they want to achieve as a team.
“The failure of the past two seasons has brought us closer together“, Kent told Rangers TV.
“The boys have really bought into what the club want, what we want to achieve personally and as a team.
“I think we all know what the end goal is as a team and what we want to achieve together.
“I think we know the importance of that this year.“
Unbeaten across all competitions so far, Rangers will be hopeful of keeping their solid run going as they push to finish the season as Scottish champions.
Steven Gerrard’s men have made a solid start to their 2020/21 campaign, sitting on top of the Scottish Premiership table after 11 matches and are unbeaten across all competitions.
Rangers received a major boost in their 2-0 win over Celtic last week, with Joe Aribo making his return from injury, while Kemar Roofe is expected back soon.
With the likes of Aribo and Roofe adding to Gerrard’s selection headaches, competition for places in the team is expected to be tighter.
Kent, who is excited by the potential of a fully fit Rangers squad, has admitted that the intensity in training has gone up a notch and feels it is being reflected in their games.
The 23-year-old winger is also of the view that the Ibrox outfit have no weak links in their squad.
“Yes, it’s [the return of likes of Roofe and Aribo from injury] got to be exciting“, Kent told Rangers TV.
“There are no weak links in the team whatsoever.
“Everybody is competing for places in the starting eleven and in the team in general.
“The training has gone up another level and I think that is being reciprocated in our games.“
Having made an unbeaten start to the campaign, Rangers will be hopeful of continuing their form as they eye a successful season this term.