By Doug Ward

26th Nov, 2021 | 11:10am

BT Sport pundit baffled by Sparta Prague blunder as he raves about Rangers ace Alfredo Morelos

Owen Hargreaves was baffled by Sparta Prague’s Filip Panak as he gifted Rangers a goal in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Alfredo Morelos scored in each half as Giovanni van Bronckhorst won his first match in charge of the Gers 2-0 at Ibrox to qualify for the next round of the Europa League.

However, Morelos’ second goal was basically served to him on a silver plate by Panak when he chipped the ball across his own goal for the Colombian to head past the goalkeeper.

Hargreaves has noted Morelos’ struggles in front of goal this season but says the striker won’t have any complaints about how his second versus Sparta came about.

“He scores goals when he gets the service and he can be moody at times. But look, goalscorers are going to be like that if go through a little patch,” said Hargreaves on BT Sport 2‘s Europa League highlights show on Thursday night.

“This is probably one of the worst passes I’ve seen in a game like this. That ball doesn’t exist so that’s a great little gift for Morelos there to take it.”


What was going through Panak’s head to do that?

Playing a square ball across your own box is always a dangerous thing to do – but to chip it when a striker is lurking in the penalty area? It’s utterly bizarre and we have no idea what was going on in the player’s head to do that.

Yes, he was under pressure but at that point, Sparta only needed a goal to get back in the game and also put themselves back in pole position to qualify for the Europa League knockout stages.

Instead, a rush of blood to the head led to a really unique goal in the fact that Panak basically just chipped the ball up to Morelos to head into the goal.

Morelos won’t be complaining though.

The Colombia international hasn’t exactly been firing on all cylinders this season and two goals in a vital match against Sparta Prague will boost his confidence massively.

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