Exclusive: McNamara tears into Rangers 26-yr-old after what he did v Feyenoord
Jackie McNamara says that Rangers mainstay Filip Helander “didn’t look comfortable” in the 2-2 draw with Feyenoord on Thursday.
The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 26-year-old went to ground too easily when defending, most notably for the Dutch side’s second goal.
Two goals from Alfredo Morelos had given Steven Gerrard’s men a 2-1 lead in Rotterdam, Luis Sinisterra netting just three minutes after the Colombian’s second to ensure the points were shared.
McNamara admitted that he was not too impressed with what he saw from the summer signing, saying that while he was unlucky with the home side’s first goal he was partly to blame for the second.
McNamara told Football Insider: “With Helander, the first one, it deflected off him but the second one he went to ground too easily.
“He didn’t look comfortable. The first one’s unlucky but they were very open for the second. He turned him and he went to ground very quickly. He’s going down inside and outside (the box).
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“There’s not a lot McGregor could have done after, it was a fantastic finish.”
Helander has played 13 times for the Light Blues since joining the club from Bologna in the summer, featuring in every minute of the club’s Europa League campaign so far.
Gerrard has the likes of Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic as his other centre-half options at Ibrox, the former Brighton man playing every single minute of all but one of the club’s games this season.
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