Falcao shocker as striker draws blank at Ibrox

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Monaco's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao reacts after missing a penalty kick during the UEFA Champions League group A football match between Atletico Madrid and Monaco at the Wanda Metropolitan stadium in Madrid on November 28, 2018. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)
Pretty much his face all night.... (Photo credit: OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

We’ll have a tonne of reaction over Rangers’ latest European triumph following a very convincing win over fallen giants Galatasaray, but we want to reserve this piece for a special mention to both Connor Goldson and Filip Helander who completely silenced the striking titan that is Radamel Falcao.

Ok, he’s not quite the force of nature he was when he played for Porto and Atletico, but the hitman remains world class and he’s still doing it in Turkey at the age of 34, but when he came to Glasgow, he was completely, totally, and utterly impotent.

And that was thanks to Helander and Goldson who took turns to marshal him, with Goldson having an especially excellent night keeping the Colombian legend quiet.

The former Monaco star didn’t get a single meaningful shot at Allan McGregor, was regularly harried out of the game, and was rendered completely useless.

Almost as bad, in fact, as Alfredo Morelos, but that’s for another day.

The fact was Rangers’ defence, so outstanding this season, had to raise another level to keep he and the likes of Feghouli quiet, not to mention the rapier fast Ryan Babel, but they did it with aplomb, with just that late unfortunate consolation for the visitors to boast.

But no, Falcao looked ordinary, absolutely average and that’s a testament to just how wonderful our backline was, and how well it raises its game for this level.

Well played.