Simon Brotherton: James Tavernier cross was frustrating and disappointing
Simon Brotherton tore into Rangers captain James Tavernier for a woeful cross midway through the first half of the 2-0 win over Sparta Prague on Thursday.
Gers ensured that they qualified for the next stage of the Europa League with that win, but there were a few jittery moments for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side.
In the 28th minute, Tavernier looked to play a cross with the likes of Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent and Joe Aribo in the box, but he miscued it completely and the ball went out of play.
Discussing this moment on commentary for the world feed, Simon Brotherton, a BBC commentator, said, “That was frustrating and disappointing from Tavernier. He knows he can do better with that cross.”
Got the win
It is easy to nit-pick a few moments here and there, but overall Gers played like a team and more importantly, got the three points needed for qualification.
That seemed like a tough ask after the first two matchdays, but this side has shown grit and resilience to fight back from the ashes.
Not topping the group would mean that they would have to play an extra round, but you would take that as a Rangers fan, in the grand scheme of things.
The side on Thursday clearly did not look like they were missing Steven Gerrard and played with the same vigour.
Van Bronckhorst would have been thrilled to see all his players putting in a remarkable shift and he’s likely to start with the same lineup for the next league game.
At the most, we could see him change a couple of players, because this side picks itself on merit and form.
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