How Rangers dismantled a fortress, brick by brick

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Rangers' head coach Steven Gerrard pictured during a press conference of Scotish club Rangers FC, Wednesday 21 October 2020, in Liege. Tomorrow they will meet Belgian soccer Standard de Liege in the first day of the group phase (group D) of the UEFA Europa League competition. BELGA PHOTO VIRGINIE LEFOUR (Photo by VIRGINIE LEFOUR/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

The Fortress in Belgium, as the Scottish press wanted us to consider it. How Rangers were going to lose, was how our media played it.

Don’t get us wrong, we had respect for Liege’s home record, having not lost there in any competition this calendar year – so it was certainly interesting.

But Ibrox Noise told you we should win, that we likely would win.

Despite what the press wanted you to believe.

I mean, true, Liege were 12 unbeaten this year, having not lost since Gent last December.

But if the press were to be taken seriously, Rangers were another scalp in waiting.

But our analysis pieces expressed a different story. From high defensive lines, to how we could get at them with intense pressure, plus the lack of consistent scorers in their team and a frugal goal rate, this team was there for the taking.

That they were nowhere near as good as was being portrayed.

Indeed, we were all actually pretty confident on Ibrox Noise that we’d win this one, without being arrogant about it.

And the performance out there delivered exactly what we expected.

Ok, no one saw that goal coming, no one could, it was ridiculous.

But the press wanted us to lose, and told us defeat was basically inevitable.

We never believed that for a second.

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  1. Our plan was very good the 2 centre Half’s struggled to start but eventually got the shared responsibility sorted and the loss of Barasic actually helped as Bassey was superb and suited the conditions. Morelos was awful again he’s lost total direction he needs to be counselled by somebody to see how he is damaging his reputation and value , Roofe immense and so strong . Onwards 55

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