Borna Barisic: Rangers players know what needs correcting after 1-0 loss v Sparta Prague
Rangers suffered a 1-0 defeat in their Europa League group campaign at the hands of Sparta Prague on Thursday night in the Czech Republic.
The visitors ended the game with 10 men after Glen Kamara was sent off with 16 minutes left on the clock for a second booking, but Borna Barisic insists that is no excuse.
The Rangers defence was all over the place, while they failed to threaten in attack.
They cannot have any complaints for losing their second group game of the season, and Barisic has revealed that the players know exactly what to do going forward after a dressing room conversation post-game.
The left-back said after the game (via Daily Record): “It was a disappointing night for us, but there are still four matches to play and we are looking forward. It is disappointing in the end, of course, because we lost the game. In the end, that one moment decided the game, but to be fair, they had a couple of chances, and we were open, especially after we lost a man on the pitch.
“I think we had a couple of chances and didn’t score and, box to box, we didn’t play that badly. But we need to be better in the final third, maybe a better pass, a better relationship, a better cross. I think we need to be better.
“We spoke in the dressing room, and we know some things we need to correct in the team. I cannot say that after we lost one man we played badly. I think when we gave even more in that moment, tried to score the goal. We need that final moment, that bit of magic, to score the goal. We didn’t do that today.”
Rangers would have fancied their chances in an empty stadium, but UEFA allowed Sparta to bring in 10,000 children despite initially ordering the game to be played behind closed doors.
Kamara was booed until he was sent off, and the midfielder would not have enjoyed the game.
It was not why Steven Gerrard’s side lost, though, as the hosts were the better side at both ends of the pitch.
Missing Connor Goldson to injury did not help the Bears, but they have depth in the position and that should not have been a problem.
Rangers have been far from impressive in 2021-22, failing to make it to the group stages of the Champions League and struggling to win games in the Premiership.
While they still have four games to go in the Europa League group campaign, they could struggle to advance to the knockout stages if they continue to play like they have done in their last two games.
Gerrard needs to find a solution quickly and come up with ways to inspire his men as they clearly lack the needed morale right now.
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