Rangers 5-0 Coleraine: Evaluating the summer signings

As many will already be aware, Rangers ran out 5-0 winners against Coleraine last week in a closed-doors friendly at Auchenhowie. 

The match was played across three 30-minute segments and all new players got their chance to show Pedro Caixinha and the Rangers fans what we can expect from them this season. 

For those of you who haven't seen the match yet, read on below for some bitesize analysis for each new player who featured.

Dalcio: Has a good ability to make a promising forward run but on this first look his end product was often disappointing. From a defensive perspective, he's looks like he's going to need some work to fit in to Pedro's plans week-in, week-out.

Cardoso: Strong, confident and clinical in defence. Equally confident and competent when in possession of the ball too. We didn't see a lot of this during the match, but there was a hint of a fiery streak in there, which is clearly the aggression Pedro is looking for.

Jack: Based on Rangers' matches against the mutton-fondlers last season, we know what to expect from Ryan Jack. Combative, very aggressive and a strong ability to build-possession from the Rangers half.


Pedro Caixinha talks about Rangers 5-0 win over Coleraine. From Rangers TV


As far as existing players go, there were some interesting performance worth discussing here.

Niko Krancjar chipped in with a beautiful assist for Martyn Waghorn to score the Rangers second goal. We haven't seen Niko for a long time, but he was in a different world to Coleraine for the duration of the 45 minutes he played. If he wasn't fit before injury last season, he certainly is now.

James Tavernier was very lively in his wing-back position, before being replaced by Michael O'Halloran. With any luck he has regained his excellent form from the Championship-winning season in 2015/16. O'Halloran too was dangerous going forward and it will be interesting to see if he does have a future at Rangers as a wing-back  which is where Pedro Caixinha appears to prefer him.

Ryan Hardie showed his huge potential in front of goal by bagging the third with a smart finish. Based on this performance, many Rangers supporters would probably like to see him be given an opportunity (at least in the first half of the season) in 2017/18.

Finally, it was excellent to see Jordan Rossiter back playing football. Hopefully his next appearance is less than 7-10 days away. 

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