Rangers On Brink Of Cl Exit After 2-0 Defeat In Belgium Had Been Lucky!

Giovanni van Bronckhorst admitted Rangers were “fortunate” to handiest lose 2-0 of their 0.33 qualifying round tie at Union Saint-Gilloise which leaves their Champions League hopes at intense risk.


Teddy Teuma scored the Belgian aspect’s first European intention in 58 years at some point of the primary half of earlier than Dante Vanzeir converted a second-half penalty after Connor Goldson, following a VAR take a look at, changed into adjudged to have handled the ball within the location.

Jon McLaughlin made an crucial overdue keep to disclaim Vanzeir earlier than James Tavernier cleared off the visitors’ line in damage time to hold Rangers in the tie, but they still have all of it to do inside the 2d leg next week if they may be to attain the organization degree.

“It changed into very disappointing. We had been a bit bit lucky that it changed into simplest 2-zero despite the fact that the penalty choice – I changed into surprised he gave a penalty,” Van Bronckhorst instructed Premier Sports. “We have so much at stake with all the clubs involved within the competition, you want to make the proper selections. We couldn’t do something else with the deflection, with the handball.

“The penalty turned into given, they scored and the maximum critical element now could be to reflect on our personal game because we want to change it around subsequent Tuesday and we want to trade it around large time, and the performance desires to be plenty better than we confirmed these days.”How Rangers had been overwhelmed in Brussels

Rangers commenced brightly with Borna Barisic drawing a first-class store from keeper Anthony Moris, who then saved long-distance drives from James Sands and new signing Malik Tillman.

But USG got here alive when Vanzeir slid a cross from Simon Adingra, on loan from Brighton, just beyond the close to submit earlier than captain Teuma’s drive which determined its manner beyond McLaughlin.Image: Union Saint-Gilloise’s Teddy Teuma celebrates making it 1-zero

Bart Nieuwkoop drove inches wide of McLaughlin’s left-hand publish from the brink of the container simply before the hour which induced Van Bronckhorst to bring about Ridvan Yilmaz and Ben Davies for his or her debuts.

However, the changes couldn’t forestall the house aspect’s pressure with McLauglin saving from Adinga and then Vanzeir earlier than a VAR test led to referee Irfan Peljto identifying Teuma’s pressure which hit the arm of Goldson become deserving of a penalty, dispatched by means of Vanzeir.

The Rangers keeper then denied Vanzeir to prevent it turning into 3-zero earlier than Tavernier cleared off the line in brought time to prevent further woe.Van Bronckhorst: ‘We need to alternate it around large-time’

Image: Rangers’ James Tavernier for the duration of the UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Round in shape among Union Saint-Gilloise and Rangers

Rangers supervisor Van Bronckhorst on Premier Sports:

“It became very disappointing. We have so much at stake in this month, qualifying for the Champions League, but the overall performance today changed into below par.

“At the start they dropped deep because of this they had been afraid but we didn’t do anything with our ball ownership and had been sloppy, losing a whole lot of ball, not triumphing the duels, and slowly they became higher and better.

“We didn’t react well after that, we have been in no way without a doubt in the game, we made many mistakes, giving numerous transition moments away defensively and we have been a bit bit fortunate that it turned into best 2-zero even though the penalty decision – I changed into

surprised he gave a penalty.

“We have a lot at stake with all of the clubs concerned in the competition, you want make the right selections. We couldn’t do anything else with the deflection, with the handball.

“The penalty turned into given, they scored and the maximum vital element now is to mirror on our very own recreation because we want to trade it around next Tuesday and we need to alternate it around big-time and the performance needs to be a lot higher than we confirmed nowadays.”Boyd: Rangers seemed a shadow in their Europa run

Former Rangers striker Chris Boyd on Sky Sports News:

“Rangers by no means certainly started out. The run they went on in Europe remaining season had energy, pressing teams from the front, stopping teams getting out – I by no means noticed any of it this night.

“They had been absolutely sloppy with the ball. If every body in Scotland underestimated the Belgians this night then they’ve got a warning call. They’ve shown they can compete at this degree. They’ve been a membership on the upward push on account that Brighton’s Tony Bloom took manipulate and have been runners-up ultimate year to Club Brugge. There’s no disgrace in that from in which they’ve been.

“Rangers have got to be doing better than what they did this night. They looked gradual, torpid, much like the first half on Saturday [in opposition to Livingstone]. It turned into truely, genuinely bad. They’re lucky to return away with a 2-zero defeat. Rangers going returned to Ibrox with a 2-zero defeat is probably the fine they could have was hoping for at this second in time.

“They’re going to need that Ibrox crowd but the players are going to ought to put on a miles higher overall performance. They seemed a shadow of the team we saw last yr in Europe.”What’s next?

Rangers will host Union Saint-Gilloise inside the 2nd leg on Tuesday August 9 – the loser of the tie will move into the Europa League institution level.

Before then, Gers return to league movement at domestic to Kilmarnock this Saturday at 3pm. Rangers gained their Scottish Premiership opener 2-1 at Livingston as they bid to reclaim the identify off champions Celtic.

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