Italian newspapers react as Rangers lose 3-0 v Napoli in Champions League
Italian newspapers have been hailing Napoli after they beat Rangers 3-0 at Ibrox on Wednesday night to go top of Group A in the Champions League.
Gazzetta dello Sport called it a “crazy” game as the Italians saw two penalties saved by Allan McGregor before opening the floodgates late on.
The famous pink Italian newspaper also cited “the magic of Ibrox” despite the lack of away fans as Queen Elizabeth II was mourned almost a week after her death last week.
Gazzetta’s print edition [page 14] dubbed McGregor, 40, as “the best” Rangers had to offer in their player ratings, giving him a 7.5/10 while James Sands, who was sent off, scored a lowly five.
Corriere dello Sport have called the game “the Battle of Glasgow” in their report on Napoli’s win, adding that “Glasgow’s night turned blue” as they lost control to the Italians in the wake of Sands’ sending off.
La Repubblica also cite the death of Her Late Majesty, saying that the passionate atmopshere it generated at Ibrox was “the most effective weapon of the Scots” with it sending Napoli into a “tailspin” in the early phases of the game.
McGregor was also the hero of the night for Rangers in the eyes of Corriere della Sera.
Monica Scozzafava said of the goalkeeper: “He holds the flag high, as long as he can, on the most exciting night in history for the last farewell to Elizabeth II.
“He takes the luxury of saving a Zielinski penalty twice (the Pole misses it the first time, the referee makes him repeat because the goalkeeper had moved earlier).”
McGregor is truly one of a kind.
He might be 40 years of age but he’s easily the best goalkeeper in Scottish football still and probably one of the best in Europe too.
While he’s had a long career that’s been filled with success, he’s arguably left his best performances for the last few years after returning to Ibrox in 2018.
McGregor was our player of the season in the title-winning Scottish Premiership campaign under Steven Gerrard and he was instrumental last term as we reached the Europa League final.
The former Scotland international is a modern-day legend and one of the greatest of all time at Ibrox.
Yet, Giovanni van Bronckhorst demoted him to the second-choice goalkeeper in favour of Jon McLaughlin in the summer.
As far as managerial decisions go, did Gerrard, Pedro Caixinho or Mark Warbuton get anything as plain wrong as that?
If van Bronckhorst has more shockers like that up his sleeve, he’ll be out of Ibrox before he knows it.