Unfortunately, last night confirmed what Gio said, what Ibrox Noise has said, and that everyone of a Bluenose persuasion thinking with their head and not their heart has said:
Rangers are completely out of our depth in the Champions League.
The Europa League this isn’t, where mince like Eintracht (they’re really not that good) can overcome Barcelona and where a modest Rangers can somehow overpower Borussia Dortmund.
Haaland-less Dortmund nearly produced a result last night against titanic Man City for goodness’ sake, are we seriously saying they were giving it their all last season in the Thursday Cup?
This is not to take away from what Rangers achieved, it was still one of our greatest-ever European runs – but unlike 92/93 where we more or less achieved the ‘semi finals’ of the Champions League, it just wasn’t the highest level.
Where we are now is, and we’re being deeply exposed home and away for having a squad which simply isn’t equipped to deal with this quality of opponent when they’ve got the Champions League to play for.
A lot of fans tried to blame the referee, and even more did actually accept our players put in a half decent shift of guts, but for quality, we’re absolutely miles short.
Some fans will find some way to blame others, to find excuses for us shipping seven goals home and away – they’ll point again to Dortmund and Leipzig, and yes, we had Aribo and Bassey for those ones, but Bassey himself struggled v Liverpool in the UCL which is where it really counts.
Our point? As we said a few entries ago, we may as well accept making up the numbers at this level, because we’ll struggle to even score. A point would mammoth.
We are very much Malmo of last season, who scored just one goal in the whole campaign. They were out of their depth, as we are now.
There’s no shame in that, our first season back in Europe we were too.
Until we adjust to the staggering leap in quality the Champions League provides by way of better players and a manager who has a clue at that level (Gio doesn’t), making up the numbers is all we can do for now.