By Peter Lynch

7th May, 2023 | 3:46pm

Pundit slams Nicolas Raskin after what he saw Rangers midfielder do in first half v Aberdeen

Andy Little has blasted Rangers ace Nicolas Raskin for firing a good chance over the crossbar in the first half of the match against Aberdeen on Sunday (7 May).

The midfielder grabbed at the opportunity at the edge of the penalty area in the encounter at Ibrox after the visitors struggled to clear the ball.

Rangers went into the match sitting in second place in the Scottish Premiership table, one place ahead of Aberdeen in third.

“That’s a poor one,” Little said on Rangers TV (03:26pm). “I appreciate he sets it up on his weaker side but you’ve got to keep that down and hit the target. 

“You’ve got so many bodies in front of you as well so if he hits the target there, there’s a fair chance it’s going to take a deflection. 

“Raskin just stabs at it, he’s a little bit eager I think and that’s been a wee bit of a summary of Rangers’ play over the season.”

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Still a lot to play for

It may not seem like it, but there is still plenty to play for in the second half and indeed for the rest of the season at Rangers.

That mainly involves a handful of first team members playing for their futures at the club, or indeed their futures elsewhere.

If they do manage to perform admirably, they could convince Michael Beale to keep them on at Ibrox for the long term. But this scenario of performing well could also help earn certain players a big-money move to another club.

And there is the other side of the coin involving those players who seemed destined for a low-key exit from Ibrox this summer, whether it be for a minor fee or no fee at all upon the expiry of their contract.

Celtic will be making all the noise in the coming weeks on the pitch, but Rangers can do plenty of work behind the scenes to ensure they close the gap on their rivals next time around.

Having only just joined the club, and moreover having hit the ground running in Scotland, Raskin looks certain to play a key role under Beale next season.

In other Rangers news, one pundit has slammed the big players at the club for not showing up in recent games and believes Celtic have reacted far better in comparison.