This is part of a regular series from our panel of Rangers Super Fans. Each week, our Super Fans will deliver their verdicts on the biggest talking points and news stories around Ibrox.
Rangers suffered a nervy night in the first leg of their round of 16 Europa League tie as they drew 1-1 with Slavia Prague.
Steven Gerrard’s side suffered a nightmare start in the Czech Republic when a brilliant Nicolae Stanciu finish opened the scoring within seven minutes, but the Light Blues battled back bravely to level through Filip Helander before half-time.
Slavia were well on top in the opening period as evidenced by Helander’s goal being the only shot they managed and although they upped this in the second half, they can feel fortunate to come away without defeat after late Allan McGregor heroics.
Gerrard will be hoping for more calmness on the ball and increased attacking intent in the reverse fixture at Ibrox next Thursday.
We asked our panel of Rangers Super Fans to decide their man of the match from the 1-1 draw in Prague and there’s no shock to see two names crop up.
Here is what they had to say:
Kyle RC (@kyleRC_)
Barry Ittenson (@BarrySt21172515)
Adam Walker (@AdamWal99214879)
David Rice (@davidrice03)
Our Super Fans are split – it was not our greatest performance but most, if not all, put an admirable shift in and could not be faulted for a lack of effort.
That is why Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent got a mention but with a lack of potency going forward the defence probably do deserve the spotlight.
Helander claimed the crucial equaliser and his goal could be worth its weight in gold in the return fixture.
An away goal is absolutely vital to our chances of progression and the simple fact is that if we do not concede then we progress to the quarter-finals.
That will be because of Helander but the stunning save made by McGregor cannot be underestimated, either.
If that had gone in then our game plan would have shifted immeasurably for the Ibrox fixture as we would have had to chase a goal.
While we will of course be looking to score and win the game next week this result gives us a bit of security and means Slavia must take the game to us.
Let’s hope the reverse fixture is not quite as tense as that proved to be.
In other Rangers news, Stephen Craigan impressed by 24y/o in second half of Gers v Slavia Prague.