Losing with dignity or winning with dishonour?

Losing with dignity or winning with dishonour?
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Luke Nickerson/Rangers FC/Shutterstock 11805061c Rangers line up for a team photo before kick off Rangers v Slavia Prague, UEFA Europa League, Round Of 16, Second Leg, Football, Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, UK - 18 Mar 2021

So, not that it really matters, but we’ll have a little look at Rangers’ loss to Slavia on a football level.

Let’s be clear – Rangers put in easily their worst European performances in this tie – the passing was poor, there was a lack of invention or flair, and only Ryan Kent actually seemed in the mood in the second leg, with Joe Aribo receiving the plaudits for his shift in the second half last week.

There was a lot that went wrong for the home side tonight, but if one thing wound a lot of fans up, especially once his replacement got sent off for a second yellow, it was the bizarre dropping of in-form Filip Helander.

We have no idea what inspired that – Alan Hutton suggested pre-match it was to press Slavia high, but then he also reckons Rangers have been flying out of the traps in the past few months so we’re not sure how seriously we can take him.

But it didn’t work – Rangers were caught a lot of times, with Goldson, Patterson and Balogun struggling to work together as a unit.

Patterson, incidentally, had a fine match, and continues to develop – he’s doing so at a rapid rate for a 19 year old at this level, and many fans view him as the natural successor to James Tavernier.

Midfield was caught short, unfortunately – Davis, while carrying out some excellent clean-up play and reading a lot of plays, was unable to influence with his usual passing range, and Kamara was barely involved at all.

It wasn’t helped with another managerial curiosity from Steven Gerrard, with a bizarre switch for Joe Aribo wide on the right. He’s been excellent lately with a free-roaming midfield role, so why he was put to his unfavoured wide right slot only Stevie knows, and even worse was throwing Scotty Arfield into his position instead, a slot the Canuck goliath hasn’t been playing much of at all recently, and one he really struggled in tonight.

Up front, Morelos was having a bit of a sub-par day of it, but Kent was on fire.

This was where the flying winger got manipulated by the cynical b*st*rds from Slavia, as they each took turns to stop him illegally, but ensured no one did it more than two or three times, to avoid bookings.

It rendered Kent impotent, despite how excellent he was, because he was being blocked and fouled constantly, but no bookings were ever seen for it.

As for the goals – Goldson was completely made for the opener, and McGregor might feel disappointed he was beaten there, while the second one was unstoppable.

And then the reds – no complaints about Roofe – it was a deeply reckless if unintentional moment, and he drew a river of blood from Slavia’s number one. And Balogun too got caught with a terrible touch and failed to retrieve the mistake.

In the end, we can’t complain about the result. Slavia were better than us over the two legs.

What we can complain about is their complete lack of dignity, their racist attacks, and their deeply cynical hatcheting of our players.

We get winning at all costs but this was horrible to watch.

If they think their own dignity is a price worth paying to get them to the last 8, be it on their conscience.

Rather lose with dignity than win with dishonour.

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  1. You are 100% on the money with this IN. The red had a shocker in that he allowed constant fouls to break up dangerous play. In rugby a player gets a yellow if the team keep conceding penalties in order to stop the opposition from playing. We were the better team for large periods but they were allowed to hack us down constantly and after they scored they were allowed to constantly throw themselves to the ground.

    Gerrard pulled a pep last night. He over thought his decisions and got a few things wrong. Herlander and Hagi should have started in place of balogun and arfield. Aribo should have been in midfield. We missed Tav hugely, I’m not slating Patterson but let’s be honest with tav in there it might have been a different game as with herlander. Balogun struggled from the off and got his marching orders. I could actually see it coming. Alfie was back to his worst last night. More interested in trying to buy fouls that actually producing anything of note. Putting all this aside I honestly think we had long periods where we played well. I just can’t believe the 2 players that got us that result a week ago were not on the field. I hope Stevie has learned from this for Sunday and for our push to next seasons champions league where we could be drawn against salvia to qualify.

  2. Unfortunately the cynicism of cheating Euro players who are encouraged by there coaches to do so I might add. Cheating and shocking persistent fouling won last night along with pure racism and poor spineless refereeing . This Slavia mob have some good players but they had all bought in to the plan of rotational kicking of Rangers players and then acting and diving to the ground when no contact was evident. The Racism I will cover in another input guys. SG got it wrong last night Hellander is a much better European defender than Balogun who was pish all game ! Hellander also covers for Goldsons ‘walkabout’ and occasional lack of positioning . Arfield doesn’t enjoy the discipline of central midfield and also looks a little of the pace since his injury, his role last night removed his impact and dynamism. Aribo as you say was wasted last night too. This lad has the ability to be a Superstar in the making , I do believe that. In the free midfield role he is a constant threat and presence , it also allows him to drop the shoulder and drive at pace. Young Patterson was very good although he still is learning as his distribution needs work.

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