FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED as Spurs beat Rangers 2-1 after Harry Kane's second-half brace

FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED as Spurs beat Rangers 2-1 after Harry Kane’s second-half brace

Tottenham pulled off a second-half comeback to beat Rangers 2-1 in a pre-season friendly in Glasgow.

The hosts had taken a 24th-minute lead through Croatia striker Antonio Colak, who joined the Europa League finalists for £2million earlier in the summer.

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

With Spurs just one game away from their Premier League opener against Southampton, these are the five things that sports mail learned before Antonio Conte’s men face Jose Mourinho’s Roma next Saturday.

Harry Kane scored twice in six minutes as Tottenham came from behind to beat Rangers

KANE’S HEAD IS STILL IN THE GAME

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

He was disallowed towards the end of the first half by an excellent save from Rangers keeper Allan McGregor, but would not be disallowed – and his second-half brace was nothing short of deadly.

The first, a vicious, whipping shot from the left, flew into the net like an exocet missile. The second, a first effort from a dropped header from Son Heung-Min was super clinical. Boss Antonio Conte, who replaced him with Djed Spence late on, can’t give up the 28-year-old without a hell of a fight. Or one hell of a tax.

Kane left the pitch to make way for recent signing Djed Spence, who joined for £13million

Kane left the pitch to make way for recent signing Djed Spence, who joined for £13million

CONTE WON’T RUSH NEW STARS

Manager Antonio Conte fielded a strong starting XI but opted to leave his six summer signings on the bench initially.

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

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

Antonio Conte's men struggled to grab the ball as Rangers dominated possession

Antonio Conte’s men struggled to grab the ball as Rangers dominated possession

KULUSEVSKI LOOKS SHARP

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

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

He gave home defender John Souttar a torrid moment and it looked like he could have won a Spurs penalty towards the end of the first half, but referee John Souttar gave a free-kick just off the edge of the surface.

Kane, Son Heung-Min and Dejan Kulusevski started up front before Conte made 11 changes

Kane, Son Heung-Min and Dejan Kulusevski started up front before Conte made 11 changes

HOJBJERG WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE GOLDEN BOOT

Look, that’s not Pierre-Emile Pierre-Emile’s main role in the team, but you might like to think he’d make the most of the rare opportunities to get on the scoresheet.

Having scored just three goals in all competitions for Spurs last season and two the season before, he had a golden chance to score within 25 minutes when he was taken down by a weighty pass from Son Heung-Min.

However, a sinister effort escaped McGregor’s left post and no complaints about the officials’ inability to give a corner could save him. A guardian. Lack.

Rangers new signing Antonio Colak gave the hosts the lead in the first half after joining for £2million

Rangers new signing Antonio Colak gave the hosts the lead in the first half after joining for £2million

FORSTER WON’T FEEL IT HOTTER THAN THIS

Who would have thought a large crowd at Ibrox would mind Spurs replacing first-choice keeper Hugo Lloris with Fraser Forster with 19 minutes remaining?

Well, if you consider that Forster spent the best part of five years at Celtic over two spells earlier in his career, it might not come as much of a shock that the seething atmosphere of a friendly pre-season suddenly got a little darker for a while.

Forster was booed during half-time during the warm-up but was abused by the home fans when he came off the bench for Lloris. He had the last laugh, however, saving a point-blank header from James Sands just 10 minutes from time.

Tottenham will be next in action against ex-manager Jose Mourinho's Roma next Saturday

Tottenham will be next in action against ex-manager Jose Mourinho’s Roma next Saturday

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