By Azeem Siddiqui

4th Aug, 2022 | 10:10pm

Arthur Numan backs Rangers to complete Champions League comeback against Union Saint-Gilloise

Arthur Numan believes Rangers will complete their Champions League salvage mission in the home clash against Union Saint-Gilloise.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men are trailing 2-0 to the Belgian team after a dismal performance away from home.

However, Numan was quoted in a report by the Herald Scotland where he urged the Rangers players to use their big game experience and keep their Champions League dream alive.

“The 2-0 defeat to Union SG was bitterly disappointing,” Numan said. “To be honest, the scoreline could have been worse.

“I don’t think we were aggressive enough in the way we defended and we have Jon McLaughlin to thank for making one or two excellent saves.

“But there is nothing that can be done about what happened in Belgium. What the focus must be on is rectifying it for the game at Ibrox on Tuesday evening.

“The main consolation I take from it is that there is no way we can play any worse next midweek than what we witnessed [on Tuesday] night.

“It just wasn’t a performance we would associate with one of Giovanni’s teams, especially in Europe. We are used to very high standards and we fell well below them against the Belgians.

“We didn’t move the ball quickly enough and get into their half often enough. So, losing 2-0 is far from ideal but the tie is still alive.

“We have to remember there are a number of new players and it will take time to gel. That said, there are only 90 minutes to sort it out.”

Big Game Experience

A 2-0 deficit isn’t the biggest in football. Many football teams have recovered from bigger deficits in the Champions League previously. Real Madrid’s Champions League win last season is the perfect example of that.

Therefore, it is time for Rangers’ big players to stand up and make themselves count, especially if they want to revert back to the form that they showed in the Europa League last season.

Even though the core players of their last season’s team, such as Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey, have left the club, they must make use of the players they have recruited in the summer.

With the number of options they have in the forward line, they should have the capability of turning this Champions League tie around.

The fans and manager Van Bronckhorst will be specifically hoping from the likes of Antonio Colak to deliver a similar kind of knockout punch he delivered last year to the Rangers while playing for Malmo to overcome the deficit.