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5 THINGS we learned as Spurs beat Rangers 2-1


The hosts had taken the lead in the 24th minute through Croatian forward Antonio Colak, who joined the Europa League runners-up for £2million earlier this summer.


But Spurs then turned the game around through star man Harry Kane, who scored twice in six minutes to give Spurs the win.

Kane’s head is still in the game

Speculation may be rife about renewed interest from Bayern Munich in signing Harry Kane as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski, but the England captain was in sharp, deadly, focused form in the 2-1 win over Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.

He was denied towards the end of the first half by an excellent save from Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor, but would not be denied – and his second-half brace was simply lethal.


The first, a vicious, whipped effort from the left, flew into the net like an exocet missile. The second, a first-time effort from a cushioned header from Son Heung-Min was super-clinical. Boss Antonio Conte, who replaced him with Djed Spence late on, cannot give the 28-year-old up without a heck of a fight. Or a heck of a fee.

Conte won’t rush new stars

Manager Antonio Conte fielded a strong starting XI, but opted to leave all six of his summer signings on the bench at the off.


Richarlison, Djed Spence, Ivan Perisic, Clement Lenglet, Yves Bissouma and Fraser Forster all travelled to Glasgow and will clearly be given more time to get up to full speed.

Bissouma did replace Rodrigo Bentancur at the break and Richarlison and Ivan Perisic came on after the hour for Kulusevski and Ryan Sessegnon. Late cameos were also handed to Spence, Lenglet and Forster.

Kulusevski’s looking sharp

Swedish international Dejan Kulusevski was impressive during his time on the park in Glasgow and deeply unlucky not to hit the net before making way for Richarlison on the hour.

Just five minutes in, he stormed up the right to force a low save at the near post from Allan McGregor and, just before the half-hour, was denied again by the Rangers goalkeeper after producing a swerving effort from the edge of the box.


He gave home defender John Souttar a torrid time and it looked like he could have won Spurs a penalty near the end of the first half, but referee John Souttar gave a free-kick right on the edge of the area.

Hojberg won’t be going for the golden boot

Listen, nabbing goals is hardly Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s primary role in the team, but you might like to think he’d make the most of rare opportunities to get on the scoresheet.

Having scored just three in all competitions for Spurs last term and two the season before that, he was given a golden chance to score on 25 minutes when being put clean through by a weighted pass from Son Heung-Min.

However, a grim effort slipped wide of McGregor’s left-hand post and no amount of complaining about the officials’ failure to give a corner could get him off the hook. A sitter. Missed.

Forster won’t feel hotter than this

Who’d have thought a big crowd at Ibrox would have bothered with Spurs replacing first-choice keeper Hugo Lloris with Fraser Forster with 19 minutes of the game to go?

Well, when you consider Forster spent the best part of five years at Celtic over two spells earlier in his career, maybe it’s no great shock the bubbling atmosphere of a pre-season friendly suddenly turned a little darker for a while.

Forster was booed during the half-time interval while warming up, but got dog’s abuse from the home fans when coming off the bench for Lloris. He had the last laugh, though, when saving from a point-blank James Sands header with just 10 minutes to go.


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