Some Rangers fans truly believed the club was ready for the UCL

Some Rangers fans truly believed the club was ready for the UCL
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: A general view inside the stadium as an LED screen displays a 'Welcome to Ibrox' message prior to the UEFA Champions League group A match between Rangers FC and SSC Napoli at Ibrox Stadium on September 14, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Rangers’ Champions League campaign has been a horror, and it’s on its way to being the worst Champions League campaign in the history of the competition, with only a couple of clubs, in total, having equal losses and goal concessions to Rangers, having played all 6 group matches.

In Rangers’ case, there’s two more to go, and it’s safe to say next fortnight’s trip to Italy is lambs to the slaughter where Giovanni’s side have less chance than they’ve had till present as the in-form Neapolitans host the most cannon fodder side the UCL has ever seen.

Ok, now we’ve painted that bleak picture, we’d like to ask you what else you expected?

We gave two of the matches a go, and got roundly thumped in both (Napoli and Liverpool) and we were meek and pathetic in two and got roundly thumped in both (Ajax and Liverpool).

But as we warned repeatedly before this competition started, the hike from UEL to UCL was catastrophic to Rangers, a club who only got promoted back into the SPL 6 years ago.

Our return to the UCL was not a team prepared for the calibre of side we’d face at that level, it was nothing more than a learning experience, and a goal scored or a point gained was a colossal bonus.

Celtic, frankly, are not far different – they have only a single goal in open play (unless you count an OG) and they too have returned to this competition after half a decade, and they’re being mown over as well. Sure, maybe not by as many goals, but it’s 12 years away from the UCL for us, it’s just 5 for them. And both of us are utterly out of our depth.

And we didn’t expect a thing here on Ibrox Noise.

We wanted our side to at least fight – and for two of the matches they have.

They’ve given us a bit more overall for those two. But for those whining after Ajax and Liverpool ‘that I can handle losing as long as we try’, well, that’s basically not true, is it. When we lose, and badly, you still gripe about it even if we try.

But this is the UCL – it’s the big boys, and we absolutely warned that this was out of our depth.

We suggested in the past that the last 16 of the UEL was fractionally about the same level as the third round of qualifying for the UCL, and we kept losing the former until we cracked it last season.

The playoff in the UCL (PSV) is about the level of the Europa League final (Eintracht), that’s how far beyond the UEL the UCL actually is.

PSV were about equal to Eintracht overall, in Europe anyway. And having lost to Eintracht we learned enough to overcome PSV.

But then it was deeply, deeply uncharted territory in the group stage.

And we predictably drowned, with players miles below the level needed and a manager who is, admittedly, completely out of his depth too.

It’s not nice, it’s a bloody nose, and it will sting.

But it’s the UCL after 12 years.

Did you expect a walk in the park?

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  1. Think back to the managers we previously had, do you think Walter, wee Eck, the little general, Souness and Jock Wallace who I’ve had the pleasure of seeing in mu younger days putting up with that performance last night ? Heads would roll but Gio is too stupid, too nieve to change anything as he is a spineless rat and pray he gets kicked out of Rangers, l know you said you don’t blame him, but the rest of us do, since he came to us he has been nothing but an utter disaster, nothing he will do now will get him any respect, the guy is finished, like most of our pathetic squad, wage thieves the lot of them, wished l got paid a Million quid and extras a year for putting no effort in, any other job and they would have been given their P45 on a plate so why do we allow this every single week ? Rangers, you have honestly pulled every bit of life that l had in me, it is painful to watch, enough is enough, we need a new board, new manager and new players, even Stevie Wonder can see that ffs

  2. Having seen the hearts game last night .it is not just them that are terrible in europe along with us now .I dont usually take much notice of rest of the teams in spl ,concentrating on my own ,however when you think of results right from off this season in europe with dundee utd ,motherwell ,hearts ,rangers ,them ,there can be absolutley no doubt our football is utter crap and one of the worst leagues in europe .
    The facts bear it out am afraid …get strapped in to all be out of europe folks and pay top dollar to watch utter MINCE .

  3. Actually a few of us here in the comments were saying we werent ready and were far to lightweight in defence especially. I remember talking to other Ibrox Noise readers about it. We were all worried.

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