Noel Whelan has blasted the “sloppy” defending from Rangers in Thursday’s 3-2 win over Standard Liege.
The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has admitted it was a rare sight to see the Light Blues so leaky at the back and suggested Steven Gerrard would be fuming with what he saw.
The Gers went behind twice at Ibrox but managed to secure victory thanks to a send-half Scott Arfield goal.
The victory secured Rangers’ qualification to the knock-out stages of the Europa League and kept up their unbeaten run across all competitions this season.
However, Whelan was less than impressed with what he saw from the likes of Connor Goldson and Leon Balogun at the back and suggested Gerrard would be sitting them down to address the issues at the back.
Whelan told Football Insider: “As disappointed as Steven will be with the way they conceded the goals, very sloppy, not a Rangers kind of goal to give away this season, what he will be happy with is the character.
“They’ve gone ahead in many games, now they’re on the back end of going behind in a game in European competition – he would have learned a lot from last night, though he won’t be happy with the goals.
“Goals from wide areas, it’s very unlike them, usually they’re a lot quicker, a lot more defensively sound from wide areas. It’s not very often you see a man have that much space in the near post for the first goal.
“That will be ironed out, that will be the first thing, when he sits the boys down and says: ‘This can’t happen. These goals can not happen at this football club.’
“He’ll be happy with the way they fought back, he’ll be happy with the character, but he certainly won’t be happy with two conceded goals because we’ve seen already this season how much pride they take in defensive ability and keeping clean sheets.”
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