Rangers welcomed Slavia Prague to Ibrox tonight for a game that would have been absolutely electric if fans had been in the stadium.
As it is, behind closed doors, it hasn’t gone to plan so far for Gers.
The vital away-goal advantage from the first leg was wiped out after just 14 minutes with a smart header from Oladeji Olayink.
And, while you could look at Connor Goldson and Scott Arfield, BBC pundit Michael Stewart pinned the blame on goalkeeper Allan McGregor.
He claimed the keeper should have done better from the header, saying on the BBC live blog, “Allan McGregor will be absolutely raging at that goal.
“He gets his hand to it, but he’ll be raging he’s not saved that… With the standards he sets, he’d expect to save that.”
Later in the half, Stewart added, “The more I see of Slavia, the more respect I have for them.
“They’re a really hard-working, well-drilled side. Rangers will have to do a lot to get through here.”
The score remains at 1-0 to Slavia Prague and Rangers face a huge test now in the second half.
Missing the fans
These are the nights when we really miss the fans inside Ibrox.
A packed Ibrox would have been the 12th man tonight, sucking the ball into the net for the Gers.
Hopefully, we’re coming to the end of the Pandemic and fans will be back soon.
Tonight, the Gers players are on their own. It was never going to be easy tonight, but conceding the opening goal was the one thing Steven Gerrard really wouldn’t have wanted his side to do.
Another goal for the away side would see Rangers needing three and that could be a step too far even for this incredible squad.
As it is, it’s all to play for and we’ve got faith in the boys. But it’s getting nervy and there’s a huge 45 minutes ahead.
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