Former Rangers captain Richard Gough believes the club are still lacking the sort of experience Scott Brown brings to their bitter rivals Celtic – and thinks that with better “game management” the Gers would have won the last meeting between the sides.
Gough insists that the Light Blues are getting better but noticed the difference when Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic was sent off when the sides met at Ibrox last month.
The iconic Gers captain singled out the way Brown rallied his side and highlighted it as something the Ibrox giants still lack as they look for their first major trophy in seven years.
“Rangers are improving but the big difference I noted in the last match at Ibrox was the game management when Celtic went down to 10 men,” Gough said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“In my day, as soon as Celtic went down to 10, my message to my team-mates if the game was level would always be, ‘Let’s not lose. We’ve got 30 minutes to nick a goal, let’s not attack, attack, attack.’
“It works equally the other way around and I watched the way Scott Brown rallied his players when Simunovic walked.
“Even from my seat I understood what he was telling his team-mates and it was the exact same message I used to deliver. Meanwhile, our two full-backs continued to bomb on and they scored the winner on the counter.
“We still don’t have that level of experience yet at Rangers but they’re getting there. The players should not be disheartened because they deserved a point at Parkhead in December and, with better game management, they could have won at Ibrox.”
Gough is one of the most decorated players in the Gers’ history and captained the Light Blues to some of their greatest successes.
The former defender was involved in no fewer than 42 Old Firm clashes during his time at Ibrox, only coming out on the losing side nine times.
Football Insider verdict:
It’s difficult to argue with Gough here. Had the Light Blues managed the closing stages of the last Olf Firm game better they could quite easily have come away with three points. Despite being the pantomime villain for many, there can be no disputing just how important Brown has been to Celtic in his decade at Celtic Park and the way he pushes his team-mates on. There might be a lot about him that is pretty unlikeable but he performs his duties as captain fantastically well for Celtic and the Gers could really do with a skipper in a similar mould.
In other Rangers news, this Ibrox legend revealed he was gutted at the news of David Bates agreeing to join Hamburg.