JOSH WINDASS’ second-half strike gave Rangers a deserved victory over Atletico Mineiro in an entertaining Florida Cup stumble upon.
Faced with the inside track pre-match that the Brazilians had selected to not carry their first group to Orlando, Graeme Murty used to be made up our minds to let his whole squad get a run out – and ended up making TEN adjustments at half-time.
Mineiro gave begins to fringe gamers and children, who have been at it from the off and seemed keen to provoke infront of a sparse but noisy crowd – together with a vocal, partisan contingent from Glasgow.
Striker and attacking point of interest Leleu used to be a consistent danger when the ball used to be put in in the back of early by means of the Brazilians, and he equipped an early scare with a superb right-footed pressure that crashed previous Jak Alnwick and into the publish.
Rangers have been gradual into their stride, however debutants Jamie Murphy and Sean Goss have been vigorous – with Murphy impressing after a excellent solo run noticed him ghost previous 3 defenders and have his go blocked.
But the Scots have been limited to pot-shots, with the one clean probability of the 1/2 falling to Nico Krancjar.
Alone in the field after a superb knock-down from Morelos, the previous Portsmouth and Spurs guy utterly ignored his kick with the objective gaping, tamely toe-poking instantly on the keeper.
After the ruin – the place Murty made the promised ten adjustments – Rangers got here out the speedier and it used to be clean this XI have been the more potent of the 2.
Windass used to be right away into the sport, and gave Mineiro a caution shot around the bow when he flashes a half-volley simply huge.
And simply after the hour mark he made the Brazilians pay, sweeping house a superb first-time effort after a slick group transfer.
It used to be not anything greater than Rangers deserved and they saved the Brazilians at fingers duration during the second one duration, with their handiest scare coming in the six mins of added on time.
Andy Halliday had a lapse in focus, gifting Pablo Diogo a unfastened run at objective – however the ahead may just handiest screw his shot huge.
Rangers now face a a long way more difficult take a look at in opposition to Corinthians on Saturday, the place they are going to most likely rotate closely once more with the advantages of a wintry weather ruin on display.