The five black marks against Rangers’ glory

The five black marks against Rangers’ glory

There were technically a few small blots last night on an otherwise excellent night for Glasgow Rangers Football Club, and we wanted to bring some balance to the recent positive coverage by explaining the slight minuses a little.

The first one, obviously, was Borna Barisic’s completely unfortunate OG. The Croat had a brilliant night overall, and was the least deserving to cost Rangers the win, but that’s the way the cookie crumbled and he sadly bundled it over the line. This means Rangers miss out on some bonus cash plus qualifying as group winners.

The second, was the slightly toothless attack – despite dominating much of the ball, once again Rangers were wasteful up front and failed to convert the obvious superiority into goals. Alfredo Morelos’ moment of individual power did get the home side ahead, but we really need to learn to be more clinical on stages like these. Had we done so, Barisic’s OG wouldn’t have mattered.

Ryan Jack’s red card. This was just simply not his fault – Glen Kamara let the side down not once but twice with poor concentration, and Jack was left to pick up the pieces and take two massive yellows for the side, which costs us his services in the last 32’s first leg. At least, the first yellow did. We’re not sure if the second has cost more than that. This was very disappointing and is a big blow. Jack has been gargantuan in the UEL.

Ryan Kent’s slight ineffectiveness. He did play a huge role in Rangers’ goal, but overall he does look like he’s just trying too hard – for the first time, the £7.5M price tag on his head is starting to look like he’s suddenly aware of it, and he’s trying to justify the value of the transfer. He needs to get back to just playing the purity of the game he and we love and not trying to show he’s worth the money.

Loss of circa £750,000. Because Rangers could only draw last night, we lost out on an extra £500,000 for being group winners and roughly £300,000 for the win on the night. It’s not a massive blow, and one we can cope with, but we’d rather have received it.

Overall, it was a very successful night for Rangers, so the above aren’t exactly the end of the world, but we often get accused of being too positive and hysterical or too negative and downbeat, so here’s something in the middle.


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  1. As for Kamara, I don't know what other people see in him but I hope he is one of the first ones gone in the January window, take the money and run

  2. I'm really concerned about our inability to kill teams off and more importantly how we seem to crumble when put under the slightest of pressure. Last night and against Aberdeen last week we turned excellent first half performances into really poor second halfs. How we can go from playing free flowing football to being unable to put 3 passes together totally puzzles me. It's the same players, the same pitch, the same system. So why? I think some of our players don't have the bottle to win things for Rangers. Gerrard needs to identify this serious flaw and replace those players with winners.

  3. Agree with all the posts Kanara I just don't get does nothing 3yard passes sideways and backwards and sloppy
    And yes we playing well but need to take chances last night our goal was gifted by 3 errors from the opposition
    Others need to step up and way in with some goals worrying if this trend continues

  4. Good article. If aribo or kamara went for 5m+ i would take it. Plenty of scope for other midfielders to get a chance. Jack and Davis are untouchable though!

  5. Thing is , if you sell a player, to get better quality you need to pay (generally) a lot more. So while I agree with you article, losing almost £1M because of the draw could cost us the opportunity to buy someone a bit more special, on another note, missing Davis for 2 months (I am hearing) also needs addressing in the transfer market! J

  6. My feelings after Thursday night were ones of disappointment – having just qualified for the knockout stages of a European competition for the first time in years. Expectations have risen so far, so quickly, it felt like an anticlimax. We're only eighteen months into SG's reign and yet i'm disappointed that we didn't qualify as group leaders in a European competition? Recruit players, then structure them into a unit, then get them to manage games and themselves. We're still learning the last bit. Takes more than 18 months I suppose.

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