Rangers tonight probably managed to exceed Saturday for gutlessness and heartlessness. This was close to the most insipid, lazy and feeble performance we have actually witnessed from Rangers in many, many years.
However, it’s also a glaring insight into the incredible hike that the Champions League actually is over the Europa League that world-beaters last season and even last week look a joke this.
Bear in mind, our superior finalists, Frankfurt, were also put in their place tonight by Sporting who comfortably travelled to Germany and won, so we’re not the only UEL finalist to get a stinging result on opening UCL day.
PSV are NOT a Champions League team, and this competition is just a completely different level.
Remember Joey Veerman saying we didn’t deserve to be there – we said the same, kind of, about Malmo, who got absolutely drubbed in the group stage as well.
Out of our depth? A tad.
But there’s no forgiving the complete lack of heart our players showed in Amsterdam.
Kamara, Goldson, Tillman, Wright – just four of the players utterly drowning this evening, while captain Tavernier, who had dreamed about this, found it a nightmare inside 30 minutes.
Ajax are a good team, let’s not forget that. They’re seed one in our group. But they are nowhere near the absolute pinnacle Euro elite of your PSGs, City, Bayern, Real etc.
And yet they showed up in their metaphorical pyjamas and booted us into touch.
Our players looked like they knew they didn’t belong at this level.
This article is a mess because so many things went wrong, so many clauses, aspects and stipulations.
It wasn’t a massacre out there, if Ajax had wanted to destroy us to pure humiliation, they could have done.
Be grateful they let up on us in the second half or this one could easily have gone into double figures. We wonder if Calvin maybe helped to save a few of our blushes in the dressing room at half time.
Because lord knows, that had the potential to be our worst all-time European result.