By Joe Ellis

3rd Aug, 2022 | 10:40am

Heart and Hand slam 'diabolical' Rangers after Champions League loss

Rangers media partner Heart and Hand were far from impressed by the Bears’ 2-0 Champions League defeat to Union Saint Gilloise.

Tuesday night (2 August) saw the Light Blues suffer a nightmarish result in Belgium as they left themselves with a mountain to climb in the second leg at Ibrox.

Jon McLaughlin made an error for the first goal before a more than dubious penalty decision saw the Belgian runners-up double their lead with 15 minutes to play.

The all-around play was a disappointment and Heart and Hand did not hold back in condemning the awful display just months after reaching the Europa League final.

“A complete failure of a night,” they said on Twitter. “GVB got shape wrong and didn’t change. The players meanwhile were absolutely diabolical. The penalty decision was a disgrace but nobody could argue it wasn’t a fair result.”

Turnaround

It is only two games into the 2022-23 campaign but there has not been much to encourage Rangers supporters in the performances seen so far.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side were dominant in possession away at Livingston but failed to create too many good chances although they did manage to come from behind to win thanks to goals from Scott Arfield and James Tavernier.

That kind of flurry of goals is what was desperately needed on Tuesday and it never looked like coming at any stage which will be far more concerning for the manager than the actual result is.

If you were to lose 2-0 having played very well you could brush it aside as ‘one of those days’ but such a dismal performance should spark some very truthful conversations within Ibrox.

A massive display is now an absolute must when Saint Gilloise turn up in Glasgow for the second leg or else Rangers will face another season of Europa League football while Celtic waltz around in the Champions League.

In other Rangers news, this summer signing was left at home for the trip to Belgium after a less than impressive debut at the Tony Macaroni Arena.