By Alan Hutton

4th Aug, 2022 | 3:46pm

Hutton slams Rangers stars as Giovanni van Bronckhorst fumes

Alan Hutton has claimed Rangers were “below par” in their opening Champions League qualifier on Tuesday (3 August).

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Gers defender said the players didn’t match up to the standards they set for themselves in Europe last season.

The Glasgow club suffered a 2-0 defeat to Belgian top flight side Royale Union Saint-Gilloise.

As quoted by Sky Sports (2 August), Giovanni van Bronckhorst told Premier Sports that the side’s performance will have to be “a lot better” for the return leg at Ibrox.

The Light Blues manager added that the Gers have “a lot at stake” in the competition and want to make the “right decisions”.

Rangers will face Union at Ibrox on Tuesday (9 August) for the second leg of the fixture.

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The loser of the tie will drop into the Europa League group stages.

When asked if there were any particular players who underperformed in the match, Hutton told Football Insider: “I’d say everyone.

I think it was a well below par performance. You could tell Giovanni van Bronckhorst, how he was feeling after in his interview, he wasn’t happy with anyone.

I think Rangers set the bar so high last season within Europe, everything that went along with that.

I think the hype was there for the Champions League. I think it’s still not gone, it’s a difficult task but I think as a group, as a team, they were well below par.

In other news, Alex McLeish has issued emphatic Rangers-Celtic verdict as Giovanni van Bronckhorst fumes.