Dire Gers Euro Dream Dead

Rangers are out of European football for this season after a 2-0 defeat at home to Markus Babbel’s VFB Sttutgart. I attended the match and I must admit it was one of the worst football matches I have ever seen. Rangers lacked guile, leadership, aggression and pretty the basic ability to pass a ball and move. Stuttgart could have easily had 5 or 6 tonight, but for an outstanding performance from Allan McGregor, he saved Rangers.

Walter Smith went for a bizarre and baffling 3-4-3 formation, with Kris Boyd, Kyle Lafferty and Kenny Miller spear-heading the attack. To my amazement at times, Rangers had 5 and 6 players across their backline, sometimes Kenny Miller appeared at right-back, which I couldn’t understand at all. Smith, then changed to 4-4-2, with no width, no creativity and no forward thinking at all.

Stuttgart took the lead after 15 minutes, when Boka danced by the awful Steven Whittaker, to set up Aleksandr Hleb who cut the ball back and Sebastian Rudy managed to slot the ball past Allan McGregor and kill of the Ibrox club’s dream of European success.

Kris Boyd, who has been in top form recentley, had an absolutley great chance for Rangers in the first-half when Kenny Miller’s quick and tantalising cross was met by Boyd from just a few yards out and he somehow managed to fire the ball over the cross bar with the goal gaping and Lehmann beaten.Just before the hour mark, Zdravko Kuzmanovic scored the Germans second when he bulleted a header into the top corner after the Rangers defence was stretched.

In the end, Stuttgart had a number of shots at goal and I’d be here all day describing them – Allan McGregor was in red-hot form for Rangers and has proven why he is one of the best goalkeepers in Britain – If he played for Man Utd – he’d be the best in Europe!

Big well-done to Danny Wilson, a 17-year old who had a Russian International striker in his back pocket.

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