By Saikat Mandal

29th Apr, 2022 | 2:10pm

German newspaper raves about Rangers goalkeeper Alan McGregor

Rangers suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat in the first leg of the Europa League clash against RB Leipzig on Thursday away from home.

With several key players missing and the forward line completely depleted, the Gers produced a fantastic defensive display on the night.

The Gers came from a goal down against Braga to win the quarter-final tie at Ibrox, and there’s no reason why they can’t repeat another similar heroics.

German newspaper Leipziger Volksdeitung has been stunned by the defensive display, and they are particularly impressed with Alan McGregor.

The paper wrote: “Keeper Allan McGregor, tender 40 years young, does not have to intervene in a saving manner. The number is tough, RB searches for depth against the massive blue defensive block, combines sore, only comes in the 31st.”

Big second leg

The Gers will have to show quality upfront if they want to reach their first European final in 14 years. 

A stunning strike from Angelino, who scored from a volley, gave the Germans a slender lead in the first leg, but the hosts were limited in their opportunities. 

The Gers didn’t create enough opportunities but they can hope that the tie can be salvaged in the return leg at Ibrox. 

They did an incredible job to frustrate the home side with a composed performance, but they need a vociferous Ibrox crowd to lift themselves up in the return leg. 

Van Bronckhorst opted for a 5-3-2 formation with Scott Wright and Ryan Kent in a front two with Joe Aribo tucked in behind. 

It’s going to be a fascinating second leg and the Gers are definitely in the race. If they can get the likes of Ramsey and Roofe back, surely the dream is on. 

In other Rangers news, one 25-year-old could now be deemed as surplus to requirements at Ibrox this season.