Rangers’ progress means pole position for quarters

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Glasgow players celebrate Filip Helander s third from left goal in the European Football League eighth finals opening match SK Slavia Praha vs Glasgow Rangers in Prague, Czech Republic, March 11, 2021. CTKxPhoto/OndrejxDeml CTKPhotoP202103110960501 PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxCZExSVK _DML7840

After Rangers’ very decent draw on the continent tonight, it’s already progress from last season, yet again.

At this point in the last 16 tie v Bayer, Rangers were 1-3 down at Ibrox and having to go to Germany to get three goals.

Now, having clinched a stunning draw on the night with a massive away goal heroically assisted by Ianis Hagi, Rangers are the complete favourites to go to the quarter finals.

Make no mistake, Rangers were half asleep tonight, and it was a completely hungover display until that second half when our men got to grips with themselves and the match far better, and for us to have secured a draw on that ground gives us every impetus when we’re surely in a sharper state of mind next week to finish the job.

No denying it, Prague are very beatable – they are well-organised and Bah had a colossal night, but their defence was extremely vulnerable and their goalkeeper hopeless.

All Rangers have to do is play a 90 minutes in the second leg like they did for the second 45 in the first, and that will give us every chance if not more of going through.

So even though our side wasn’t quite at its rip-roaring European best tonight, we’re in the best position we’ve been since 2008 to actually get to the quarters.

It was a good job fairly well done.

Onto the next one.

2 COMMENTS

  1. There is still a lot of work to be done here. Had McGregor not made that truly magnificent save at the death then Slavia would’ve turned up at Ibrox next week with a 2-lead and a dilemma about whether or not they should play to keep what they’ve got. But at 1-1 they know they have to score at least one goal so will have to come out to attack. That makes this still a very dangerous tie.

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