So that’s that – Rangers’ diabolical history-making UCL campaign is over, and it is official – this was the worst-ever Champions League campaign in history, beating even 2012’s Zagreb.
Netting a quite horrific two goals in 6 matches while shipping 22, Rangers beat all ignominious rivals to the top spot, and while Celtic’s dismal campaign was barely any better, Rangers hit a new low as Ajax found three goals while, frankly, barely out of first gear.
Yes, we were injury hit to a level probably rarely seen in top level European football, and yes, we don’t have the millions that Ajax and Liverpool do, but we never did, and past Rangers sides were never, ever this shocking in the UCL.
Walter Smith may have had more to spend, but Alex McLeish didn’t, and the latter did get us to the last 16. Even, for a short period, we had one foot in the quarter finals under Eck. Walter, we admit, wasn’t great in in the UCL aside the inaugural year and of course 07/08.
But this season was just absolutely pathetic.
We can’t even blame the injuries because we still had a reasonable squad over the first few matches – not incredible, but reasonable. And we did infinitely better in the Europa League, even though it is a massive level down from the UCL.
No, end of the day Rangers rightly earn that unwanted tag of worst-ever Champions League team. Not, of course, overall, there are many worse clubs overall in the tournament’s history – but this season, this generation? By far the worst, with only Zagreb’s campaign a decade ago close to matching us.
No this was a campaign to forget, dismal, embarrassing, rotten. Ibrox Noise told you we’d achieve little at this level, but we did anticipate maybe a win and a draw. We didn’t expect to get completely wiped out 100% with just two goals to our credit.
A terrible, terrible campaign, and shameful.
Mind you, 56 was always the priority – winning the league was the bread and butter and that’s the reality for us. Pity we’re 4 points behind there too.