Ally McCoist reveals 'brutally honest' Rangers opinion on Champions League campaign
Rangers suffered a third successive defeat in the Champions League on Tuesday night as Liverpool secured a 2-0 win against them at Anfield.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side find themselves rock bottom of Group A at the halfway stage of the Champions League group phase.
Rangers are yet to score in the competition, while they’ve shipped a total of nine goals across their opening three games.
As a result, Ally McCoist believes there’s no chance Gers qualify from their group and thinks they’ll need a point against Liverpool at Ibrox to even compete for third.
Speaking to talkSPORT, McCoist said: “I’ll be brutally honest, I don’t think we have any chance of qualification.
“I’m more half full than any guy you’ll meet but I’m realistic. But if you have got any hopes of finishing third and reaching Europa League, you have to take something from the Liverpool game at home.
“Because – let’s be brutally honest guys – going to Napoli is going to be a big ask.
“Because of the result and the poor performance in Amsterdam I think it means you’re obviously going to have to beat Ajax at home which is extremely difficult but a possibility.
“But you’re going to have to pick a point up from somewhere else, and I think you’re better off doing that – crazy as it may seem – against Liverpool at home.”
Rangers’ fairytale return to the Champions League hasn’t gone quite as planned. Admittedly, Van Bronckhorst’s side were drawn into an extremely tough group.
But truthfully, performances haven’t been good enough. The loss against Ajax was a torrid way to start the campaign, and while the performance improved against Napoli, the scoreline still ran away from Rangers.
The Liverpool scoreline from Tuesday evening looks okay on paper, but realistically it could have – and maybe should have – been more than two.
There is still hope left in the most optimistic Gers fans, especially considering two of the final three fixtures are at Ibrox. The home atmosphere will certainly help push the side, but as McCoist suggests – four points are needed. Minimum.
Rangers’ away form in the competition so far offers no hope for the trip to Napoli, but just maybe they can squeeze points out of Ajax and Liverpool.
But if they are to do so, Van Bronckhorst will need to drop the reserved approach and field a team ready to go toe-to-toe with the visitors.
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