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Rangers had taken an 11th minute lead through Danilo’s header but Todd Cantwell’s equaliser was quickly disallowed due to an offside ruling.
Danilo scores twice
Danilo’s early goal quelled any nervousness at Ibrox and propelled the hosts towards three crucial points. Taking advantage of a poor pass back from James Gomez, Danilo raced forward before rolling it past Peter Vindahl to score his goal and give Ibrox their much-needed win.
Right-back had some unsettling moments during the opening half, but quickly showed his improved confidence as play continued. His ball work became sharper and more precise while winning both tackles he took.
At Bologna, he was busy. Winning five out of his six clearances and four of seven interceptions while also winning two of eight duels and making four crosses (one accurate) and taking one shot on target, he will hope to keep his place when Giovanni van Bronckhorst selects his team on Sunday against Celtic – most likely alongside Nordi Mukiele and Marquinhos at centre-back.
Haraslin reduces deficit
Rangers continue their strong season under Philippe Clement despite not scoring many goals this year and can secure a knockout spot by beating Sparta Prague this week in Prague. Their final match against Aris Limassol must also go well if they hope for any results there against Sparta Prague; two points still separates second from third in their standings!
Danilo wasted an opportunity and had an attempt disallowed in an attempt to restore the lead during the second half. Haraslin managed to reduce that deficit nine minutes from time when he exchanged one-twos with Angelo Preciado before shooting home his shot from close range.
Rangers captain Scott Arfield found solace in scoring his goal after struggling in his debut since returning from injury, playing alongside Ross McCausland and Fashion Sakala as Van Bronckhorst introduced a 4-3-3 formation. It should provide him with an extra confidence boost ahead of his Old Firm send off against former club Queen’s Park on September 9.
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Butland makes fine save
Jack Butland made his return to Stoke after an extended absence and took advantage of every chance when Connor Goldson sent in a cross. Butland met it head on, with Christian Benteke-esque bicycle kick landing safely into the top corner.
Rangers fans responded enthusiastically to Butland’s goal, sending shockwaves through the stadium. Sims, Soares, and Redmond sought to exploit space down either wing but Butland was equal to the challenge, producing several excellent saves to deny them space down either flank.
Butland again made an outstanding stop when called upon in the second half to deny Pascal Gross a penalty award after VAR issued them one due to Will Hughes’ foul on Joel Veltman by Will Hughes, as well as when protecting against an imminent Qazim Laci strike.
Clement warns Gers of knockout qualification
Rangers’ narrow 2-1 victory against Sparta Prague proved enough to secure them passage into the Europa League knockout rounds. Philippe Clement is still unbeaten since taking over at Ibrox after Michael Beale left, although as former Chelsea manager, he knows he faces an immense task ahead.
Danilo’s early goal was just reward for an impressive showing by the hosts and Todd Cantwell and Fashion Sakala came close to increasing their advantage further. Butland made another outstanding save to stop visitors who had an energetic late pushback effort from getting more than two goals on board.
Jack Butland could earn Rangers up to PS5 million from his early Ibrox form but selling him would cause outrage at Govan club. Ibrox’s management have done well to prevent speculation over Butland, and his stellar performances could play a key role in their plans for the rest of this season.