By Doug Ward

24th Aug, 2022 | 8:44pm

BBC Sportscene man slams Antonio Colak for 'sloppy' Rangers moment in first half v PSV

Steven Thompson has slammed Antonio Colak for being “sloppy” in possession in the first half of Rangers’ Champions League play-off clash with PSV at the Philips Stadion on Wednesday night.

In the early stages of the second leg showdown, the Gers were under the cosh and lost the ball way too many times when they had chances to build attacks.

At one moment, BBC Sport’s match blog reported that there were “groans from the away fans” when Colak, 28, took a heavy touch despite being under next to no pressure.

BBC Sportscene host Thompson wasn’t impressed.

Speaking on Sportsound, as quoted on BBC Sport’s live blog (08:13pm), he said: “The build-up play from Rangers was brilliant, they break the first line of the press.

“It goes into Colak’s feet and he doesn’t need to do it first time. Take your touch, start the play.

“It’s another example of Rangers being sloppy in possession under no severe pressure.”

Unfair

Colak was one of the best players on the pitch in the first half.

Ryan Kent looked lively and Colak was constantly harassing and harrying the PSV defenders.

Sure, he had one or two poor touches early on but he settled well, helped with the link-up play and was doing his best to try and get the end of numerous top-quality crosses into the box by Kent and James Tavernier.

Colak is the man we’re counting on now because it feels as though Alfredo Morelos is all but done as a Rangers player.

Luckily, the Croatia international has started very well since joining the Gers from PAOK earlier this summer by scoring four goals in his first seven appearances before the trip to Eindhoven this week.

We wouldn’t be where we are in the Champions League qualification phases without the former Malmo loan star.

Colak is a good striker and is still finding his feet with this team.

Imagine what he can do once he’s fully up to speed with the style and can link up well with his teammates.

Thompson’s reaction to one moment in that first half was unfair.

In other Rangers news, a journalist is raging over a “national embarrassment” after footage of a Gers incident emerged.