By Saikat Mandal

5th Nov, 2021 | 10:40am

Steven Gerrard and Derek McInnes comments on Rangers sloppy defending

Derek McInnes has criticised Rangers’ defending after the Ibrox club earned a 1-1 draw against Brondby on Thursday night.

An own goal from Leon Balogun handed the Danish side the lead just before the break.

Rangers were very poor in the first half, but they came back strongly after the break. Ianis Hagi scored a fantastic goal to seal a point for the Gers.

McInnes feels that it is a “missed opportunity” for Rangers. He feels that Steven Gerrard’s side have more quality than their opponents and they should be disappointed for not winning the game.

He feels that Balogun could have done better, while Rangers conceded too many set-pieces.

“We can talk about tactics and shape all day, but one thing that must be a guarantee is defending your set-plays,” McInnes said on BT Sport (h/t the Daily Record)

“I thought Balogun could have adjusted himself better and it was a scruffy one for Rangers to lose just before half-time.”

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Gerrard has also made a similar observation after the game. He suggested that Rangers had a better organisation at the back, but they conceded way too many set-pieces.

“I don’t think we did much wrong from an organisation or defensive point of view,” said Gerrard, as quoted by The Scottish Sun.

“But we conceded too many set pieces, 10 or 11 in the game. That’s too many.  We conceded a sloppy goal again.”

It’s been a recurrent theme for the Gers this season, something they have failed to address.

Last season, Rangers were so compact at the back, and they didn’t concede many goals. However, this season, they have made far too many individual errors, and have conceded sloppy goals.

In their Europa League campaign this season, apart from that 2-0 win against Brondby, Rangers have conceded the first goal. It’s not ideal, especially in European games.

Rangers can still qualify from this group. The Gers and Sparta Prague are level on four points following the latter’s defeat against Lyon.

The French club have sealed their passage to the next round. Rangers must win against Sparta in their next Europa League match to boost their chances of moving to the next round.  

In other Rangers news, Kris Boyd has destroyed one Bears star this week over an embarrassing stat from this season