In a shock change of heart from Ibrox Noise, we do not completely blame Giovanni van Bronckhorst for last night’s embarrassing capitulation at the hands of Liverpool, even though we stand by the rating of 0 (He still lost 1-7) for the manager in the club’s worst-ever loss at home.
See, Gio didn’t get anything patently wrong last night – for the first time in a massive loss, we can’t really blame him majorly for Tavernier being unable to defend, for Connor Goldson getting injured.
While we can’t hold the players exclusively responsible for this either, given it’s a team sport, there is no question dreadful nights from all the players bar Scotty, Goldson and Davies were major factors in why we folded so badly, compounded horrendously by Connor’s untimely injury.
Let’s be clear – Liverpool are on a high now thinking they’re world beaters, but they beat a defence which had a total of 9 starts between the pair of them and an 18-year old. When City ruin them this weekend, the fake hype from this win will vanish.
But Gio? Yes, he has to carry the can for the result, it’s the sword you die on as a manager, but when we look at that impressive first half and how Rangers were until Goldson’s injury, this match was equally balanced.
His injury changed the complexion entirely, and adding Tavernier’s rotten non-defending (gone totally silent hasn’t he) and Rangers were on a hiding to nothing in the second half.
What changes could Gio have made to scrape the draw from this one? What could he have done differently?
Oh, five at the back? That worked out well at Anfield didn’t it?
Questions will be asked of the manager, and fairly and unfairly so, but this one was just a perfect storm for Liverpool in which, for 45 minutes, Rangers had played by a distance their best UCL match to date.
It just fell apart when Goldson fell completely.