By George Overhill

9th Jan, 2022 | 3:17pm

Mats Hummels concerned about defence ahead of Rangers clash

Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels is concerned about the number of goals his side are conceding ahead of duel-Rangers games.

After the Germans were forced to come back from two goals down to beat Eintracht Frankfurt on their return from the Bundesliga winter break the centre-back sees it as a problem.

Having now conceded 28 goals in 18 league games Hummels said: “It is exhausting to keep having to try and fight back to win. Conceding too many goals is a big issue for us,” as quoted by the Daily Record.

“We keep losing goals from situations that we shouldn’t. We lost three goals in Berlin, three goals in Munich. It’s happened far too often to us,” said Hummels, as quoted by The Daily Record.

“And what happens when you keep conceding that amount of goals is that you don’t always win games.”

Rangers opportunity

With Gers traveling to the Signal Iduna Park on February 17th for the first leg of their Europa League Round-of-32 tie, and the return leg a week later, the defensive fragility of the German giants will give Giovanni van Bronckhorst confidence his side can cause problems.

And after opening their group stage campaign with back to back defeats the Light Blues look to have played themselves into form in the competition, securing qualification to the knockout rounds with wins over Brondby and Sparta Prague and an away-draw at Lyon.

Dortmund possess the ability to cause any side problems with their attacking ability, not least in the form of Erling Braut Haaland who is being chased by virtually all the top clubs across the continent.

But a propensity to concede multiple goals in a game will give the likes of Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe hope of springing an upset.

The odds are still stacked against Rangers but a couple of goals in the first leg could change the complexion of the tie.

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