By Ray Livingstone

19th Feb, 2021 | 7:30pm

Antwerp boss fires dig at Rangers after 4-3 Europa League game

Royal Antwerp manager Frank Vercauteren stated that he was not impressed by Rangers’ performance despite watching them beat his side 4-3 on Thursday night.

Scottish side Rangers enjoyed a remarkable away victory against the Jupiler League outfit in the first leg of the Round of 32 Europa League clash and will now take back with them four away goals and a one-goal advantage.

Having scored three goals and holding a one-goal lead on two different occasions in the game, one may be forgiven for thinking that it was an even encounter, but that was not the case.

All of Antwerp’s goals came against the run of play including a controversial penalty that was given to them on the stroke of half time.

However, Vercauteren believes that his side was not outplayed and that the result would have been different on another night.

According to Sporza, the Antwerp boss said: “I was not at all impressed by Rangers. We didn’t lose against a much better team today – on the contrary.

“It could have been 5-5 or 6-6. That was beyond expectations. We created opportunities and scored goals, so we have no complaints in that area.”

Rangers were by far the deserving winners

It seems like a classic case of sour grapes from the Antwerp boss as he saw his side fail to hold on to a lead on two different occasions in the game.

In Europe, scoring one away goal is treated as a priceless commodity and we managed to get four along with a one-goal lead we bring back to the Ibrox Stadium.

Defensively there were few things we could have done differently, but we looked like scoring every time the ball was in the final third.

Ryan Kent’s outrageous goal was certainly one for the highlight’s reel while Alfredo Morelos continued growing from strength to strength.

Despite not scoring, he added so much to our attack, and was duly rewarded with two assists to his name.

Captain James Tavernier’s injury means that he’ll miss the next few games, but we’re hoping to have him back for the latter stages of the Europa League.

In other Rangers news, Ex-BBC pundit makes weird BT Sport-Rangers TV claim as Gers beat Antwerp 4-3