A double from Harry Kane saw Tottenham come from behind to beat Rangers 2-1 at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon.
New Gers signing Antonio Colak had given the hosts the lead by firing in from close range, but Kane brilliantly whipped into the top corner to equalise in the second half before netting the winner with a half-volley.
The two sides were participating in the Walter Tull Memorial Cup to commemorate the former half-back who played for Tottenham and Rangers in the 1910s.
A fast-paced start saw Dejan Kulusevski go close first, drawing a save from Allan McGregor after the Swede had burst clear of Rangers’ defensive line.
Gers remained composed and saw plenty of the ball, eventually taking the lead when a sharp move saw Rabbi Matondo beat Ryan Sessegnon and cross low via a James Tavernier flick for Colak, who smashed past Hugo Lloris from close range.
Spurs continued to find space in attack as Kulusevski was again denied by McGregor, with the resulting set-piece nodded just over by Cristian Romero.
Rangers had a few speculative efforts from distance rebuffed by Lloris, with a Tavernier free kick drifting over and Tom Lawrence firing off target.
A lovely move saw Son Heung-min play Kane in on goal, but again McGregor stood tall to block the England captain’s strike.
Spurs started the second half sharply and found the equaliser after Sessegnon had seen an opening batted away by McGregor. Son charged up the pitch and fed Kane, who was given too much time by Connor Goldson to shift the ball to his right foot and fire into the top corner.
Tottenham took the lead shortly after Kulusevski was booked for diving as they won the ball high up the pitch and Son again found Kane, who lashed in at the near post.
Changes were made as fresh faces came on, with Malik Tillman and James Sands getting some minutes for the home side and new signings Ivan Perisic, Clement Lenglet, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison, Clement Lenglet and Djed Spence all featuring for Spurs off the bench.
Rangers pressed for an equaliser as Spurs rang the changes, with substitute James Sands nodding straight at Forster from close in from a set piece.
Despite the loss, Rangers looked in good nick ahead of their Scottish Premiership opener against Livingston next Saturday before the Champions League qualifiers against Union SG. Spurs, meanwhile, will soon fly out to Israel to face Roma in their final pre-season friendly.
GK: Allan McGregor – 7/10 – Made some smart stops to deny Kulusevski during the first half. Consistently peppered as Tottenham pressed but made a series of solid saves.
RB: James Tavernier – 7/10 – Had a few early pops at goal from distance without success. Smart flick gave Colak a tap in from close range.
CB: Connor Goldson – 5/10 – Allowed Kane too much time for the equaliser. Hesitant as Spurs looked to get in behind.
CB: John Souttar – 6/10 – Stepped in to make some vital interventions. Booked for bringing down Richarlison on the break and did struggle with the pace of Spurs’ attack.
LB: Borna Barisic – 7/10 – Great block to deny an Emerson shot. Was picked out in good positions and looked a threat down the left.
CM: John Lundstram – 7/10 – Started in midfield but dropped into defence to plug the gaps Tottenham were exploiting. Looked for the ball and made some nice passes in attack.
CM: Glen Kamara – 7/10 – Composed in the middle of the park, knocking the ball around accurately.
CM: Tom Lawrence – 7/10 – Showed some lovely touches and passes to get Rangers moving forward.
RW: Rabbi Matondo – 8/10 – Great run past Sessegnon to cross in for Colak’s strike. Constantly looked a threat out wide before coming off.
ST: Antonio Colak – 7/10 – In the right place to capitalise from Matondo’s great work and net the opener. Showed some really nice touches under pressure to bring others into play.
LW: Ryan Kent – 7/10 – Gave Emerson some grief on the wing with some nice dribbling and close control.
CB: James Sands – 6/10 – Could have equalised but headed straight at Forster.
AM: Malik Tillman – 6/10 – Made his Rangers debut off the bench.
LW: Scott Wright – 6/10 – Deflected effort went narrowly into the side-netting.
GK: Hugo Lloris – 6/10 – Not too many saves to make and not a chance for Colak’s goal.
CB: Cristian Romero – 7/10 – Put in one eye-catching challenge to deny Kent close to goal early on. Followed it up a minute later with a massive hack. Was the right side of aggressive for the rest of the game.
CB: Eric Dier – 6/10 – The deepest of Tottenham’s centre backs and made a few hefty tackles. Took a knock in the second half and brought off.
CB: Davinson Sanchez – 7/10 – Some good interventions from dangerous Rangers attacks. Lovely backheel to set Sessegnon in on goal.
RWB: Emerson Royal – 3/10 – Often found in space on the right but his chipped crosses weren’t threatening. Seemed to be playing against Spurs with some of his decision making.
CM: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 6/10 – A somewhat limp finish squandered an excellent counter attack. Flicked the ball into Son for 2-1. Got better as the game wore on.
CM: Rodrigo Bentancur – 6/10 – Saw a lot of the ball as Spurs’ possession flowed through midfield.
LWB: Ryan Sessegnon – 5/10 – Struggled with Motondo’s direct running and got burned out wide for the opener. Saw a chance denied by McGregor from close range.
RW: Dejan Kulusevski – 6/10 – Nicked the ball when he pressed and brought a save from McGregor early on. Could do with developing a right foot and was booked for hitting the deck in the penalty area.
ST: Harry Kane – 8/10 – Dropped deep and connected play before showing his finishing skills in the second half with a brilliant effort in the top corner. Added a second
LW: Son Heung-min – 7/10 – Buzzed around with intent and teed up both goals for Kane.
RWB: Lucas Moura – 6/10 – Again dropped into the right wing back position and made a few trademark runs.
CM: Yves Bissouma – 6/10 – Slotted in and looked solid in central midfield.
ST: Richarlison – 6/10 – Played alongside Kane and Son before going more central. Headed just over late on.
LWB: Ivan Perisic – 6/10 – Fired over with an acrobatic effort from close range.
CB: Joe Rodon – 6/10 – Came on sporting quite a shaggy haircut and was solid enough.
GK: Fraser Forster – 6/10 – Booed onto the pitch as a former Celtic goalie.
CB: Clement Lenglet – 6/10 – Made one block and played a few promising passes.
RW: Bryan Gil – 6/10 – Linked up with Richarlison on one or two occasions.
RWB: Djed Spence – 6/10 – Got a couple of touches and repelled a few Rangers attacks.
CB: Japhet Tanganga – N/A – On for the closing stages.
CM: Pape Matar Sarr – N/A – On pretty late and only a few touches of the ball.