Rangers 'sloppiness' slammed after what ex-manager has seen

By Alex McLeish

10th Apr, 2022 | 3:00pm

Rangers news: McLeish slams 'blunders after what he's just seen

Alex McLeish has slammed “individual errors” after Rangers fell to crucial defeats against Braga and Celtic in the space of five days.

The former Gers boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted “sloppiness” has cost Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side dearly.

Rangers failed to clear their lines as the ball ricocheted around the edge of the box, allowing Abel Ruiz to give Braga a slender 1-0 first-leg lead in the Europa League quarter-final on Thursday (7 April).

Just days earlier (3 April), John Lundstram’s loose touch inside the 18-yard box allowed Cameron Carter-Vickers to hand Celtic a 2-1 win at Ibrox in a crucial Old Firm derby clash.

When asked what has gone wrong for Rangers in recent games, McLeish told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge: “You can point to these individual errors.

“I think if you analyse every goal in every league, you’ll find that someone somewhere has made a mistake. Whether it’s giving the ball away, bailing out of a tackle, or not closing down.

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“There were also a couple of defensive errors in the Old Firm. That allows Carter-Vickers to have the clear strike at goal.

“It was just sloppiness and inability to clear their lines. Sometimes you just have to look to row Z.”

Rangers host Braga next Thursday (14 April) with a potential Europa League semi-final against Leipzig or Atalanta the reward.

The Gers sit six points adrift of Celtic atop the Scottish Premiership.

They face their Glasgow rivals again in the Scottish Cup semi-final next Sunday (17 April).

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