If there’s one thing that has emerged from Rangers’ humbling tonight, it’s a bit of context.
And that context is that Liverpool, the mighty Liverpool, swimming in cash and recent UCL winners and runners up as well as champions of England and runners up, were absolutely demolished in Naples by a rampant home side.
The next one is that Rangers’ UEL conquerors Eintracht, who earned second top seed in the whole competition thanks to that Seville win, were also blown away mercilessly by Sporting.
Meanwhile Barcelona, themselves not spectacular these days, destroyed Viktoria Plzen.
What are we saying?
1: If the recent kings of Europe and England, Liverpool, can be crushed at this level, anyone can.
2: Eintracht getting smashed shows further the massive chasm between UEL and UCL.
3: Plzen being put away easily demonstrates the gulf between the big and small clubs grows ever wider and there remains a huge elitism issue with the Champions League.
What we’re saying is, yes, we were absolutely garbage, but as Gio says, you need big money to do any better than that at this level, and Rangers are probably the worst-off team in it.
We’re not justifying the lack of effort on Wednesday night, not at all. That was unforgivable.
But we started the match with a team costing a combined total of £15M up against a side who signed Bassey from us for £8M more and sold about £200M worth of players this summer.
Let’s not be TOO hard on ourselves – we are out of our depth, but historically, we always were in the UCL.
It’s for the rich boys, and we’re not one. Let’s just enjoy the ride and see if we can do anything at all.