Written by – Jamie Currie
It was pretty much attack vs defence for the full 90 minutes, but to be fair to Raith, they didn’t try and sit in. They found themselves being pushed back, as Rangers relentlessly gave them a footballing lesson. Harry Forrester fired in an early warning shot before Billy King fed him the ball before he turned and fired a superb shot beyond Kevin Cuthbert. Wes Foderingham had no real shots to deal with, just a few corners that were floated into the box and he commanded his area well and took the corners with ease. King was involved in the second goal; he jinked past the full-back before teeing up Lee Wallace and the captain smartly finished into the bottom corner.King completed his unlucky night in front of goal by firing wide and then forcing Cuthbert into a superb one-handed save. Jason Holt almost put the icing on the cake but he saw his scissor kick effort blocked by Dean Shiels on the line. It was a superb display and one that the fans certainly enjoyed on the night.
MAN OF THE MATCH
His 60-minute display was the best so far in a Rangers shirt. It had everything: pace, skill, work rate, and a goal.
Mark Warburton and Jason Holt spoke to Rangers TV after the win.
“I thought it was a good performance tonight, a controlled performance; we dominated the football and had lots of chances second-half.
“The keeper seemed to be in the right place most of the time but we had good power, good movement and the rotation was good tonight.
“All credit to them they worked really hard but we started off really well, didn’t lose our patience, moved the football and should have got more reward for the ball dominance that we had.“It’s not about Hibs, it can’t be about Hibs, we said tonight that it was an important game for us going into a cup weekend and with various international breaks coming up that it was important to send a message out tonight – to be relentless in what we do.”
“The Hibs result is a big result, a lot of teams are scraping for fourth place, like Queen of the South as well as Morton, Raith and Falkirk.
“All those teams are pushing really hard but we have to focus on Rangers, keep delivering the level of performance and hopefully we’ll get the right rewards.”
“It was a really professional, controlled performance out there. I think we controlled large periods of the game and got our rewards.“First and foremost, I’m delighted the team got the three points and I think I did well personally tonight too as well.
“We had a bright start tonight which set the tone for the rest of the game.
“We have said from day one this season that we would just take each game as it comes. Tonight, we looked to get the three points and now we look forward to Saturday and Dundee in the cup.”
STAT OF THE MATCH
The two goals took Rangers’ goal tally – in league matches – to 70. With nine games to go, it has beaten last season’s total after 36 games of 69.
Harry Forrester’s opener – it settled any nerves and allowed Rangers to dominate the game.
- I commented on the midfield look jaded on Saturday, but they were totally dominant in this 90 minutes – Forrester, Holt and Halliday pressed all over the park and the aforementioned two gave the team attacking impetus and quality from the central areas.
- Billy King was unlucky not to get my man of the match. He was superb all night and his pace and trickery caused Jason Thomson problems all night. He was unlucky not to find the back of the net, very impressive.
- The defence again was great. James Tavernier did superbly well on three occasions to cover the centre-backs and clear, Rob Kiernan was his usual dominant self and Danny Wilson made one superb last-ditch tackle in the second half and Lee Wallace, of course, was up and down the left-hand side like a steam train the whole game. They are becoming more of a solid unit each game they play.
- Harry Forrester was outstanding for the hour he was on the pitch. He ran the game and was confident enough to get himself in behind the Raith midfield on the night and break through the lines, which caused McCord and co. a massive headache. Top display.
- Young Liam Burt made his first-team debut and the 17-year-old looked assured and confident on the ball, and he was unlucky not to hit the target with a nice curling effort. Well done to the boy.
Dundee on Saturday afternoon in the Scottish Cup quarter-final at Ibrox.