By George Overhill

3rd Aug, 2022 | 12:10pm

BBC pundit destroys Rangers striker Antonio Colak after Union Saint-Gilloise defeat

New Rangers striker Antonio Colak was a “waste of time” in the defeat to Union Saint-Gilloise, according to former Ibrox forward Mark Hateley.

The Gers have given themselves a mountain to climb to even be in with a chance of reaching the Champions League group stage after a 2-0 defeat in Belgium in the Third Qualifying Round first-leg.

And summer signing Colak was singled out for particular criticism by one of his predecessors up front in a Light Blues shirt, Hateley.

He told BBC Scotland: “Colak for me was a waste of time basically.

“The first option should be into your central striker. If [Alfredo] Morelos is playing there the ball goes into him.

“Colak didn’t demand the ball. You’ve got to be asking more of your centre forwards, especially when you’re playing away from home in Europe.

“From 25 minutes onwards it was a poor, poor show from Rangers. They were just a nonentity tonight. It is one of the poorest, most ineffective games I’ve seen Rangers play under Giovanni [van Bronckhorst].”


On a pretty dreadful night all round very little went right for van Bronckhorst, who saw his tactics flop and none of his players perform to their full potential.

Just for good measure the Bears were on the wrong end of a penalty decision that appeared to completely disregard the rules as Connor Goldson was penalised after a VAR review despite the ball deflecting off Ben Davies from close range.

Colak had passed up a chance to equalise but also created a brilliant opportunity for a teammate with a ball flashed across the box that nobody was there to take advantage of.

It is very difficult for any new striker at Ibrox to properly fill the role of Morelos considering the Colombian operates as a one-man wrecking crew when at his best.

There are high hopes for Colak, who has been thrown straight in for the start of the season with El Bufalo and understudy Kemar Roofe both still returning to full fitness.

A high-pressure away game in Europe when the whole team is playing badly is one of the most difficult assignments for a new forward so he will presumably have far better matches than Tuesday night (2 August).

But with zero margin for error now in the return leg it would be very beneficial if he could tap into some of what his two rivals at the position managed in those famous Ibrox nights during the Europa League run last season.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has given an unfavourable assessment of the Gers transfer window.