By Joe Ellis

29th Apr, 2022 | 12:10pm

Rangers must 'be braver' says Guillem Balague if they want to beat RB Leipzig

Rangers feel to a slender 1-0 defeat away at RB Leipzig in the Europa League semi-final last night to give themselves plenty to do next week.

Spanish wing-back Angelino scored the game’s only goal with a cracking effort from distance after the Light Blues had defended so resolutely all evening long in Germany.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst won’t be too upset at the defeat knowing that they will have home advantage at Ibrox next week to try and turn the game around.

Guillem Balague thinks the Gers have to be more attacking in Glasgow next week though if they are to beat one of Germany’s best club sides.

“The result was good, but they are going to have to be a little bit braver with the ball,” Balague said on the BBC’s Football Daily Podcast.

“They (RB Leipzig) are Champions League quality and they showed it tonight, especially in the second half.

“When you put together the likes of Dani Olmo, Szoboszlai and Nkunku you are talking about one of the top teams in that competition.

“To be just 1-0 down is good news but they have to improve.”

In the tie

Last night was never really about going to Leipzig and smashing them to pieces because they are far too good of a side to be beaten up in that way.

All Rangers had to do was stay in the game by either salvaging a draw or only losing by one and that is exactly what they did.

van Bronckhorst knows how much of an impact a sold-out Ibrox can have on players from both the home and away side and he will be fancying his chances at overcoming the small deficit on home soil next week.

It is by no means a given though because we have seen teams come to Ibrox and handle the cauldron-like atmosphere so the players still need to be at their absolute best and not assume that the crowd will carry them through.

Before then though, the small matter of an Old Firm derby at Parkhead and with the Scottish title on the line, no eyes can be drawn to next Thursday just yet.

In other Rangers news, Leipzig aimed a sly dig at the Gers on social media after their first-leg victory in Germany.