By Nnamdi Onyeagwara

3rd Aug, 2022 | 4:38pm

Rangers 'lack a plan in the final third' in defeat to Union Saint-Gilloise - Jordan Campbell

Rangers “lacked a plan in the final third” during their 2-0 Champions League qualifier defeat to Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, according to The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell.

The Gers fell to a 2-0 loss against the Belgian Pro League champions, and now have an uphill task to qualify for the Champions League, needing to overturn the deficit in the second leg.

However, Campbell put the loss down to the failure of the Gers’ attacking gameplan, and how the Europa League finalists looked devoid of ideas. [The Athletic]

Campbell said: “Vagueness characterises their attacking play.

“Rangers look more structured when building from the back, but they seem to lack a plan to progress into the final third.

“The huge gap between [Ryan] Jack and the line of attackers in front illustrated the lack of a link player like Joe Aribo.”

Uphill Task

The result away in Belgium is a disappointing one after all the optimism that the Gers seemed to enter the new season with.

A successful pre-season and a promising transfer window helped restructure the club and a result was needed at the Stade Joseph Marien.

With that being said, despite the disappointing result, they will approach the second leg with optimism, knowing they have to get a result at Ibrox to qualify for the Champions League.

American international Malik Tillman, who joined the club on a season-long loan, continues to impress and was the shining light on the night in Belgium.

However, the club will be looking for more from new signings Rabbi Matondo and Antonio Colak, who were unable to get into the game.

Also, by that point, new signings Ridvan Yilmaz and Ben Davies would have officially been bedded in and could make more of an impact in the first team.

In other news, Tony Watt has revealed his opinion on the controversial penalty that was awarded to USG.