By Beck Pascal

29th Apr, 2022 | 10:15pm

Mark Hateley shares big issue Rangers have to fix in RB Leipzig Ibrox visit

Mark Hateley has urged Giovanni van Bronckhorst to resolve the Rangers striker crisis after what he saw in last night’s [April 28] Europa League defeat. 

The Light Blues held off RB Leipzig for the majority of the game but an 85th minute Angelino strike saw the Germans notch a narrow 1-0 win at the Red Bull Arena. 

With Ryan Kent and Scott Wright leading the line as Fashion Sakala sat on the bench in the absence of Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe, the BBC pundit urged the Gers to fix the attacking issue ahead of the return leg.

He told the BBC: “I think what Rangers need to get sorted for the second leg is the number nine spot. 

“Too much was breaking down and not enough ball was held in. There were not enough touches around the central striker.”

Crucial absences.

It wasn’t good enough from Kent and Wright but it is hard to blame them considering the magnitude of the tie and the boots they were tasked with filling. 

On another day the former Liverpool winger would have scored and at times he did well on the ball but he had a very tough job leading the line next to Wright who has barely played this season which was evident. 

The 24-year-old got the greenlight from van Bronckhorst having massively impressed against Motherwell on the weekend but a European semi-final is a big step up and the forward struggled to get to grips with the game. 

Hopefully, Roofe will be fit for the second leg at Ibrox. A traditional striker’s presence was sorely missed as the Light Blues failed to assert their attacking dominance in the game. 

However, it is all still to play for next week in Glasgow where the Bears will look to overturn the deficit and book their place in the final in Seville.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has taken aim at the referees after RB Leipzig v Rangers news revealed.