By Daniel Feliciano

3rd Aug, 2022 | 11:10am

Kenny Miller blasts Rangers performance in defeat vs USG, calls penalty decision a 'farce'

Rangers legend Kenny Miller has blasted the team’s performance in the 2-0 defeat to Union Saint-Gilliose, and called the penalty decision a “farce”.

The Bears were well beaten in Belgium but a controversial penalty given for handball against Connor Goldson took the headlines.

And speaking to Daily Record, Miller criticised the decision but also said the team performance was “very poor” and was levels below what you’d expect from Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side.

“How can it be intentional? It doesn’t make sense. That ball is going towards the goal and deflects back off Connor Goldson’s hand. It’s a farce,” he said.

“(Rangers) came into the game full of optimism, a potential Champions League return, and the performance was really sub-standard. Back to Ibrox now, it’s never over.

“It is half-time of the tie but there is no doubt they will be calling on every one of the 50,000 next week to turn up and cheer them on to make a historic comeback.

“These big games at this stage of the season where there is no doubt the players are not up to speed. The fact that Union are a couple of games into their league season, they’ll be a little bit ahead, a little bit sharper, a little bit more corrected in regards to their teammates and who they’re playing alongside.

“It is a whole new frontline tonight for Rangers. There was no real cohesion, I thought they were looking a bit static, no movement from upfront or even midfield going beyond.

“It was a real down performance compared to the levels you expect from this Rangers team. I would say, as a team overall, they were pretty poor tonight.”

Awful

If you thought the performance against Livingston was bad at the weekend, then you can only imagine how poor this showing was that 2-0 was hardly a flattering scoreline.

Rangers were second best to every ball, barely created a scoring chance for themselves and were carved open time and again by a side many considered to be an easy draw.

The penalty decision was obviously horrendous, but it had no bearing on the result and ultimately Rangers were probably lucky that it was only 2-0 in the end.

Now they must head back to Ibrox next week and turn in a massive performance to keep their Champions League hopes alive, as they’ll face the winner of the tie between Monaco and PSV Eindhoven in the final qualifying round should they be successful.

But they’ll need to be 100 times better than they were on Tuesday, bad penalty decision or not.

In other Rangers news, Ally McCoist slams “mental” penalty decision during Rangers defeat vs USG