Rangers beat Aberdeen 3-0 at Ibrox on Wednesday night.
Pundits Kris Boyd and Kris Commons have told Sky Sports (29/11/2017) that they were impressed with Rangers' display against Aberdeen on Wednesday night.
The Gers went into the game off the back of two defeats at the hands of Hamilton Academical and Dundee, with caretaker boss Graeme Murty still in charge as the search for Pedro Caixinha's successor goes on.
Rangers needed a big result and performance against Aberdeen, given that they are a direct rival for second place in the Scottish Premiership, and that's just what they got with a convincing 3-0 victory at Ibrox.
James Tavernier scored the opener from the penalty spot after just six minutes, after Greg Tansey had fouled Jason Holt inside the penalty area.
A lovely move down the right flank then presented Holt with the chance to pick out Carlos Pena to tuck home the second goal, before Josh Windass picked out Tavernier for the third.
Murty will have been delighted with the victory, especially given that he switched to a diamond system, with defender Ross McCrorie playing in holding midfield, allowing him to drop into the back line and form a three-man defence.
Tavernier and Declan John pushed forward as wing backs, whilst Carlos Pena supported front two Kenny Miller and Josh Windass in an experimental but dangerous Rangers line-up.
After the game, pundits Kris Boyd and Kris Commons told Sky Sports (29/11/2017) that they were so impressed with how McCrorie offered great defensive protection, allowing Tavernier to get forward in an 'excellent' performance, with both pundits picking out McCrorie and Tavernier as key players in the win.
“I think it's definitely up there,” said Boyd when asked if that was Rangers' best display of the season. “From start to finish, Tavernier was up and down that wing all night, and we spoke about it before the game; the formation is key. Rangers have got the players to play that three-at-the-back, I know young Ross McCrorie was in the middle of the pitch, but when the full backs are going high and pushing on – as they have been doing, and have been exploited – Ross McCrorie would come across and fill in the full back areas as well, so it was a terrific performance from start to finish for Rangers.”
“I just think Rangers were just too strong. I think they asked them all the right questions, and they made Aberdeen feel really uncomfortable. With McCrorie playing in that central role, being able to drop into the back four, he gave Tavernier the ability to get into really advanced positions. The only question mark you'd probably say about Tavernier is his defensive side of things, but I thought his all-round performance tonight was excellent,” added Commons.