Rangers have it all to do in the Champions League after losing the first leg of their qualifier 2-0 against Union Saint-Gilloise in Belgium on Tuesday night.
Teddy Teuma put the Belgian’s ahead in the first half after dire defending by Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s players before a controversial penalty after the break led to Dante Vanzeir rounding off the win.
It was a wretched overall display by last season’s Europa League finalists and here, Ibrox News has rated the players out of 10 for their performances in Belgium:
Jon McLaughlin – 4
Can van Bronckhorst stop this, please? Allan McGregor is clearly the best goalkeeper Rangers have despite his advancing years and as long as he’s on the books, he’s better than McLaughlin. Our goalkeeping department needs to be sorted out next summer if it’s not done before the end of this one. But it doesn’t change who our better goalkeeper is and it’s the one on the bench. McLaughlin’s attempt to stop Teuma’s goal was laughable but he did make some better saves after the break.
James Tavernier – 5
You know it was a wretched night for Rangers when Tavernier is having a poor game. He just didn’t get into the fixture at all despite one or two decent moments.
Connor Goldson – 5
Goldson was unfortunate for both goals as the ball slightly deflected off him for the first and there was no way that was a penalty in the second half.
James Sands – 3
We’re yet to be convinced by Sands and while we want to cut him some slack for being played out of position against USG with van Bronckhorst putting him in at centre-back, he should have been doing better. He’s nowhere near what’s required at Ibrox. Terrible.
Borna Barisic – 4
It’s time for Ridvan Yilmaz to get his shot. Barisic was woeful last season and only ever looked any good when Calvin Bassey was playing as the left-sided centre-back. If Ben Davies plays in that role then Barisic might be a bit better than he was against USG. But otherwise, we’ve lost faith in him. We did a long time ago.
John Lundstram – 5
Lundstram had a night to forget in Belgium. No one did well at all but we’re especially disappointed with the Silky Scouser’s display in the Champions League qualifier. He can do so much better than that.
Glen Kamara – 5
It wasn’t a night for Kamara. USG were there for the taking but van Bronckhorst played it very safe – too safe – with his midfield selection. You can play Lundstram, Kamara and Ryan Jack. But don’t play them all together. We need a maximum of two of them.
Ryan Jack – 5
Jack’s performance was slow and turgid and he didn’t offer anywhere near enough for the attackers.
Malik Tillman – 7 (Man of the match)
We’re only a few days into the season but this is one of the easiest man of the match choices we’ll have because Tillman was the only player capable of producing anything. Although he was quieter after the break, he showed a lot of creativity and spark. If only some of his attacking teammates were on the same wavelength, we might have at least got a goal in Belgium.
Rabbi Matondo – 5
Matondo was miles off. He needs to settle in and buck his ideas up because he’s got a lot of competition for a spot in the starting line-up.
Antonio Colak – 4
We can give the excuse that he had poor service but Colak had the ball served to him on a silver plate by Tillman in the first half. It looked as though Colak followed the ball perfectly into the box but just backed out of making a very straightforward header. He offered very little and we’re a bit worried by that display,
Ridvan Yilmaz (on for Barisic, 68′) – 5
Ben Davies (on for Jack, 68′) – 5
Scott Wright (on for Tillman, 77′) – N/A
Tom Lawrence (on for Matondo, 77′) – N/A
In other Rangers news, a BBC Sportscene pundit was baffled by this incident in the Gers’ win over Livingston.