By Doug Ward

26th Nov, 2021 | 8:10am

Ally McCoist completely baffled by 'ridiculous' moment in Rangers 2-0 win v Sparta Prague

Ally McCoist has blasted Filip Panak after the Sparta Prague player’s error helped Rangers win 2-0 at Ibrox in the Europa League on Thursday night.

In his first match in charge, new manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst oversaw qualification to the Europa League knockout rounds with victory over the Czechs.

Alfredo Morelos scored both goals in Govan but the second one was basically assisted by Panak when the Sparta men chipped the ball across his own goal for Morelos to head in. 

Speaking on BT Sport 3 after the match, McCoist revealed just how shocked he was with the defensive blunder.

“If my wee boy does that, he’s not getting any sweets for a fortnight – it’s as simple as that,” said McCoist.

“It’s ridiculous defending. It’s completely, no pun intended, defenceless.

“I don’t know what he’s thinking about. Absolutely don’t know what he’s thinking about.

“I don’t think they’re a good team, by the way, I’ve got to say to you. I said to you in the game over in Prague that I didn’t fancy them then and I thought Brondby were average.

“It was a good achievement for Rangers to qualify in second place but let’s not get carried away.”

Woeful – but we’ll take it

How on earth did we lose away to Sparta Prague in this Europa League group?

On Thursday night, they looked awful and we were very clearly the better team and deserved to finish second in our Europa League group.

It means that van Bronckhorst will manage us in Europe after Christmas and take charge of a playoff game against one of the eight teams who’ll be dropping out of the Champions League.

RB Leipzig, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla are among the team we could draw due to not winning the group.

And while we may get handed a really tough tie in order to qualify for the Europa League’s last-16, we’d be delighted to see the Gers take on a real giant of European football.

We’ve qualified from our group, ultimately. While it wasn’t exactly pretty with a defeat away at Prague and a horrible draw with Brondby, we’re showing signs that progress is still being made and that’s what we want from this bunch of players who now have a new manager to work for.

In other Rangers news, Michael Stewart has reacted to this Gers result and made an admission on Twitter.