Rangers’ UCL humbling put into context as Ajax fall

Rangers’ UCL humbling put into context as Ajax fall
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 07: Ryan Kent of Rangers in action during the UEFA Champions League group A match between AFC Ajax and Rangers FC at Johan Cruyff Arena on September 07, 2022 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Rangers’ dreadful performance on the opening match day of the Champions League was put into a spot of context after previously-rampant Ajax laboured at Anfield, falling to a late winner, and being mostly second best on the night to the side who had themselves capitulated in Naples.

Former Rangers man Calvin Bassey did have a decent night once again as he had in the UEL final, with a mostly strong defensive performance, but his own inexperience at this level showed as he opened up a massive gap for Salah to run through and finish off clinically.

At this level, even the slightest error will be punished, and Bassey was certainly on the receiving end there, but Rangers’ own poor performance in Holland against his new side was put into stark focus as Ajax themselves struggled on their travels, previously having had an imperious season this campaign.

The spotlight is now firmly on Ibrox tomorrow. Napoli come to Govan, fresh off their own imperious start to the season, and GVB needs to get his men up and ready for the first UCL group match at Ibrox in 12 years.

He needs to get the setup right, although the words coming from Gio today don’t exactly instil confidence, in that the Dutchman has admitted he’s not changing anything.

If that’s the case, Rangers may well struggle out there against a side who put four past a side who overcame a side who put four past us.

But we hope not.

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  1. I think we definitely contributed to making both Ajax and them look world beaters in both games .Still a good team mind you .

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