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Rangers player ratings as John Lundstram sends his side to Europa League final in Seville


Rangers are off to Seville after the latest instalment of their European adventure saw Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side turn over RB Leipzig 3-1 on a special night at Ibrox.

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Captain James Tavernier and Glen Kamara struck in the first half to give the Scottish champions a two goal cushion and quickly cancelled out the Germans narrow first-leg lead.

Christopher Nkunku levelled the tie on aggregate against the run of place but the irresitable John Lundstram slammed home in the closing stages to send his side to Spain on May 18.

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Fellow Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt now lie in wait as Rangers aim to seal European silverware.

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GlasgowWorld rates how Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s heroes performed:

Enjoyed a largely uneventuful night due to the protection of his defensive line in front of him. Produced an excellent save when called upon to deny Laimer but was beaten moments later.

A talismanic figure in this Rangers side. Led by example once more and broke the deadlock after 18 minutes to ensure his status at top scorer in the competition this season.

John Lundstram scored the crucial third goal to send Rangers into the final

Looked to be in for a tough night up against Nukunku and Yussuf Poulsen and picked up an early caution. Lost Nukunku for Leipzig’s goal but stood firm in closing stages.

Another epic display from the imposing Nigerigan. Won numerous aerial battles and was booked in the first-half for pulling back a Leipzig player. Solid as a rock.

Worked hard down the left-hand side but conceded a silly free-kick on the stroke of half-time with a needless challenge.

Deployed in a back three during the first-half. Another sublime performance before moving into midfield after the break and converted the biggest goal of his career.

Played a vital role in the midfield battle with a disciplined performance on his 150th appearance for the club. Limped off injured just before the hour mark.

Rangers’ Glen Kamara (centre) kisses the black armband in memory of kitman Jimmy Bell, who passed away suddenly this week, after scoring to make it 2-0 over RB Leipzig in the Europa League semi-final second leg at Ibrox. (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)

Arguably one of his best performances of the season. The Finland international started the move that led to Rangers’ opening goal by displaying great strength. Steered a brilliant left-foot shot into the bottom corner to stretch the lead.

Much improved display after toiling for large spells as Rangers’makeshift striker in Germany last week. Helped limit Angelino’s influence on the game and seemed to thrive on the occasion.

Held the ball up well but missed a great chance to make it 3-0 when scuffing his effort over the bar from just a few yards out. His game ended abruptly after sustaining a head knock.

Had a leading role to play once again and his delivery for Tavernier’s opener was first class. Deep cross led to Lundstram’s matchwinner in the 80th minute.

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His pace caused the tiring Leipzig defence problems. Worked hard to help run the clock down.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MAY 05: Scott Arfield of Rangers and Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Manager of Rangers celebrate after victory in the UEFA Europa League Semi Final Leg Two match between Rangers and RB Leipzig at Ibrox Stadium on May 05, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Replaced Scott Wright and almost got an assist after displaying good footwork near the byline.

Brought on for Ryan Jack in a defensive reshuffle as Van Bronckhorst reverted to a back four. Helped stem the tide late on.

Unused: Jon McLaughlin (GK), Robby McCrorie (GK), Leon King, Steven Davis, Aaron Ramsey, James Sands, Alex Lowry, Amad Diallo



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