Dessers ends season with assist in Rangers’ dramatic six-goal thriller

Super Eagles striker Cyriel Dessers has continued his impressive run, grabbing an assist in Rangers' 3-3 draw at Hearts on Saturday, as the Scottish Premiership came to and end.

The Glasgow side had already lost the title to Celtic but were looking to finish on a high when they travelled to Hearts on Saturday afternoon.

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With this result, Rangers finished the season on 85 points, eight points behind champions Celtic who won the title.

With nothing on the line for both teams, they played without the handbrakes even though Rangers could have won it comfortably if Super Eagles striker Cyriel Dessers took the plethora of chances presented to him.

End to end with Cyriel Dessers assist

With nothing at stake, the teams played an entertaining match that could have had even more goals.

Hearts striker Lawrence Shankland scored his 31st goal of the season to give the hosts the lead.

However, their poor record against Rangers, lasting four years, seemed set to continue as the visitors scored three consecutive goals in the second half.

Ross McCausland equalised in the 52nd minute with a stunning shot off the post after evading two defenders. Todd Cantwell then put Rangers ahead with a strike that also hit the post, following good work from Cyriel Dessers who provided the assist.

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The Nigerian striker was then subbed off for Senegalese winger Abdallah Sima as Ranger looked for their sixth successive win over Hearts.

Portuguese striker Fabio Silva appeared to secure the win for Rangers with a powerful shot from inside the box in the 81st minute but there was more drama to come.

The match remained thrilling until the end.

Dexter Lembikisa volleyed in a goal at the back post three minutes after Silva's strike, giving Hearts hope in the last 10 minutes.

In stoppage time, Hearts' goalkeeper Zander Clark sent a long ball upfield, which was flicked on and finished with a brilliant volley by Kyosuke Tagawa, making it 3-3.

Hearts ended their Scottish Premiership season with a dramatic equaliser, breaking their five-game losing streak against Rangers.

Dessers' strong finish to the season

The Nigerian striker’s assist for Todd Cantwell was his fifth of the season.

He has also scored 22 goals from 52 matches in all competitions for Rangers, adding eight assists to boot.

In the last 10 games of the season, Dessers has had eight goal contributions for his club to end the season on a high.

Even though he was not part of Nigeria’s squad to the last Africa Cup of Nations, he was called up during the last international window for the friendly games against Ghana and Mali.

The 29-year-old scored from the spot in the first game of the window against Ghana as Nigeria won the game 2-1.

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It looks likely because Finidi has seen him first hand in Morocco, where the Super Eagles played their last batch of matches.

The former Cremonense striker did well especially in the first game against Ghana with his hold up play, as well as scoring a spot-kick.

Expectedly, Finidi might be disposed to Victor Osimhen and Victor Boniface, but Dessers' form will have him with decent shout to be in the list for the games against South Africa and Benin.

The Super Eagles will need goals from Dessers and others if they are to overcome the Bafana Bafana threat on June 7.

Nigeria are in third place in Group C of the Africa zone of qualifiers with two points gained from disappointing draws against Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

The squad for the two games in June against Bafana Bafana of South Africa and Squirrels of Benin is expected to be announced next week.

Dessers ends season with assist in Rangers’ dramatic six-goal thriller
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