By Sam Stone

17th Sep, 2022 | 9:19am

Alan Rough: Rangers fans were streaming out of Ibrox v Napoli

Rangers fans have been slammed by Alan Rough for leaving early during their side’s 3-0 Champions League defeat to Napoli at Ibrox.

Despite a positive display, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side now sit bottom of their group after two successive defeats to start their first Champions League campaign in twelve years.

Rough has suggested that “Ibrox was emptied” when the score went 2-0 and that the whole of Parkhead remained until the final whistle after Celtic’s 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid.

Talking on the PLZ Football Show [20:06, 16 September], Rough said: “It was a bit alarming the other night [Napoli fixture] when it was 2-0 Ibrox was emptied.

“There were fans leaving and it shows you the difference across the road at Parkhead where the whole stadium is full after 90 minutes and applauding the players after the Real Madrid game.

“The fans are disappointed because they win nearly every week but they have to accept the disappointment that is there.”

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Far from empty

To suggest Ibrox was empty is a bit of a stretch and after a string of poor results, it’s understandable to see why some Gers fans made for the exits slightly earlier.

Ultimately, most football fans would find it hard to stomach another 15 minutes against the Serie A leaders after conceding ten goals in two and a half matches.

If Rangers had put in a performance that was similar to Celtic’s against Real Madrid, then there’s no doubt that Ibrox would’ve been completely full come the final whistle. Something does need to change for van Bronckhorst soon, with a significant victory eluding Rangers so far in the 2022/23 season.

The performance against Napoli was so much better from his side and the red card was the deciding factor in the match, but ultimately, results will define the Dutchman.

Anything less than a win against Dundee United will see the pressure really start to mount on the van Bronckhorst and the board at Ibrox. Let’s all hope for a dominant and convincing performance to get this season back on track.

In other Rangers news, Barry Ferguson is raging at this “spectacular failure” at Ibrox.