Rangers manager Steven Gerrard said that the club need to keep “trying to add better players” after their 2-2 Europa League draw with Benfica.
Having gone 2-0 up through Scott Arfield and Kemar Roofe, the Gers let a two-goal lead slip for the second time against the Portuguese side, with the match finishing 2-2.
After the game, Gerrard was complimentary of Benfica and said that his side needed to keep growing and improving.
“They are a Champions League team,” he said (via BBC Sport).
“They have a great manager with a great pedigree so we have to be positive about the result. Over the 90 minutes it was a fair result – even at 2-0 I didn’t think we deserved to be two in front.
“We had to empty the tank for 70-75 minutes and we tired as a group. That’s when we had a few complications. That’s a learning experience for us. We don’t really play this kind of team domestically so we need to keep learning and growing, trying to add better players, so in the future we become better and stronger towards the end of games.”
There was a sense of de ja vu on Thursday night at Ibrox, as Rangers threw away another golden opportunity to take the scalp of one of the Europa League’s most established sides.
The Gers played very well for their two goals, but as Gerrard said, Benfica were always in the game and were only denied by some excellent last ditch defending.
For the goals, Rangers dropped too deep and there are some questions to be asked about the defending. Their record at the back has been so good this season that it is tough to be critical, but Connor Goldson and Leon Balogun could perhaps have done better to block the shots that saw Benfica get back into the game.
In terms of Gerrard’s long-term goals for the club, of course Rangers need to keep investing in the squad, but I do not think that was necessarily a comment on any of the individuals on the night.
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