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  2. Lyon hand out a French lesson to slack Rangers The last time Olympique Lyonnais made their way to Govan in 2007 they ended the hopes of Walter Smith’s side of progressing to the knock-out stages of the Champions League with a 3-0 drubbing. Smith and his players consolidated themselves by making the final of the UEFA Cup. Whether Steven Gerrard and his side can recover in a similar fashion after this 2-0 defeat is up for debate, but one thing which is not up for debate is that this was another difficult night at the hands of the French side. This would be Steven Gerrard’s and his coaching staff’s 50th European match at the helm at Ibrox, and they went into it defending a nine game unbeaten run at Ibrox in the group stages. But Gerrard had warned prior to the game that this was the hardest opponents his side had faced in European competition – add to that the fact that Rangers have yet to hit top gear this season and this always looked like it could be an uphill task. Rangers have looked disjointed in both performance and personnel so far this season, thanks to a combination of Covid and injuries. Saturday’s win against St Johnstone came at the cost of losing defender Filip Helander until December with a knee injury. The Swedish defender is a crucial part of Gerrard's team and his absence is a huge blow. If such a blow wasn't bad enough, Ryan Kent has become the latest player to succumb to injury, limping off in the 70th minute with a hamstring injury, adding to already significant headaches Gerrard has suffered this season. The injury to Kent was the final act in what was a miserable night for the winger. The Englishman has struggled to find anything remotely resembling his top form this season and tonight offered no redemption as he was caught in possession twice in moments of slackness which led to both Lyon goals. The first error saw Kent lose possession cheaply on the half-way line. This allowed Lyon to counter and Karl Toko Ekambi to score with a superb curling shot in the bottom corner on the 23rd minute. The second error saw Kent caught in possession again just outside the Rangers penalty box early in the second half. This led to Allan McGregor denying Lucas Paqueta, but the resultant goalmouth stramash ended with the ball ricocheting off James Tavernier and into the net to all but end the game as contest. Despite not being at their fluent best, Rangers did create moments. Joe Aribo, John Lundstram and Ryan Kent all had efforts at Lopes’s goal in the first-half when it was 1-0. If one of these efforts had went in Rangers may have been able to rally and recover, but it was not to be. Tavernier came close with free-kick in the second-half, and Balogun also came close with a header in the closing stages. But by that point it felt like this Lyon side were to savvy to let any lead slip and that Rangers' race was run. One potential positive from the game was the performance of John Lundstram. He has struggled to convince since his arrival in the summer, but his performance tonight gave hints at the player we thought we were getting when he signed – although he did allow Toko Ekambi to cut inside to his favoured foot too easily for the first goal. For Gerrard it was a night to forget, for Lyon coach Peter Bosz it was a case of déjà vu – the Dutchman was in charge of Bayer Leverkusen when they secured a 3-1 victory in March 2020 in the last sixteen of the same competition. The defeat is the first group stage European loss on home soil since the 2010-11 Champions League defeat against Manchester Utd, and it puts a huge dent in Rangers chances of topping the group – which is now the only way of confimring a place in the knock-out stages. But despite the defeat, Steven Gerrard was still relatively upbeat in his post-match comments. "We played some good stuff and created some half-decent openings. Their keeper has made a top save from Ryan Kent which would have got us back into the game at 1-1”, he said. "We created some decent moments without being clear cut. I think the scoreline is slightly harsh on us. We have made two mistakes in the game, clear mistakes if you like. We've had the ball turned over in the first half and we have been punished for it because good players do that to you. "I'm a bit disappointed with our defending on the second goal. The players know at this level you will be punished. With all due respect, domestically if you give the ball away in those areas, maybe you will get away with it. But not at Europa League level against high-calibre players. If you turn the ball over while the team is open, you leave yourself vulnerable.” Rangers: McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Balogun, Barisic, Lundstram, Davis, Kamara, Aribo, Kent, Morelos Subs: McLaughlin, McCrorie, Bassey, Patterson, Bacuna, Wright, Roofe, Kelly, Fashion Jr, Arfield, McClelland. Lyon: Lopes, Emerson, Denayer, Ekambi Aouar, Paqueta, Gusto, Slimani, Caqueret, Boateng (Diomande, 65), Guimaraes. Subs: Diomande, Shaqiri, Pollersbeck, Bonnevie, Lukeba, Milagres, Cherki, Kelta, Da Silva, Barcola. Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
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  4. Are my posts invisible? I posted about military intervention into ambulance responses and Humza falling off his scooter earlier in the day. It's amazing that a fucking scooter is more successful at tripping up a Scottish nationalist cretin victimhood scumbag than any opposition politician is. When will any of them grow a set and take these separatist Sinn Fein wannabes on??? Honestly. 🙄
  5. Just back from the game. They're a good side and deserved to beat us. We look a bit flat. Morelos isn't causing opposition problems like he can. Roofe should've been on sooner, as he is our most creative forward. Lundstram and Aribo were our best players tonight. Sometimes you just have to accept you lost to a better side, as unpalatable as that might be. Steven Gerrard has work to do.
  6. Ok some thoughts, after eventually getting in because my QR code wouldn’t work , and getting really good service from the ticket office , the guy printed out all the tickets in paper form for me , from 15 mins on I thought we looked ok , neither team looked spectacular and both were quite pedestrian . However if we , quite rightly praised Tav for his goal last week , the Lyon boys curler was top drawer , the bend he got in that was unreal . I was sitting in the Copland rear and after the main stand for so many years it’s hard to get any form of perspective depth wise on our play , we certainly lacked width for long spells and our tempo was way way off , something we always struggle with , our tempo is slow we play poorly , Europe or domestically . We also were guilty of taking an extra touch every time , allowing them to close us down quickly , I’ve seen a lot of comments praising Lundstram , from where I was sitting he and the rest of the midfield were awful , Kamaras worst game in Europe , however that could just be my bad. I was convinced Roofe had a 5 match ban , that’s how out of it I was , anyway it’s over , we need to improve and , all I really really want for Xmas is for us to spend some real money on that midfield .
  7. Dont know were you got that from. But on form alone id have bassey and wright in my starting 11. Wright certainly looked the part tonight when he came on tonight. Bassey too is showing a lot of promise and the flashes we see of sakala suggest theres a player there.
  8. Yeah, had same thoughts on SD - hands of time catching up with him? Great servant, fantastic professional but looks like these games, at this level of opposition are a step too far for him now.
  9. Nah, we fell to a far inferior team last season in EL last 16. Lyon are head and shoulders above us, they are CL class with CL class players, we aren't (and weren't last season).
  10. I shared your thoughts on Davis tonight. He made a sad spectacle for much of the time he was on the pitch and if he is starting to fade then it's inevitable that better opposition will expose it first. It was encouraging to see that Lundstram really could be an asset in midfield but what we really need right now is Ryan Jack fit and back on the park.
  11. I think we would have got a result if we played this team last year. A few players did not look too clever tonight. Hopefully we get Jack back soon so that we don't need to rely on Davis every game.
  12. Lyon absolutely schooled us in 2nd half, we couldn't lay a glove on them, they are a CL class team in my opinion and shows how far we have to go to get to CL standard. May be it's time to reflect on our journey and the strides we've made (especially under SG) in Europe. We've gone from being eliminated by Progress to qualifying to and getting out of the group stages. That's our level, that's out standard, no shame in that. For me, and I may be alone, this season (like all seasons) is about winning the SPL title (number 56) as this opens up the financial riches of CL. Tonight I thought Lundstrum had a great game, but our front 3 aren't firing for some reason. I'm sure they'll come good soon but maybe Kent will be rested at weekend depending in the extent of his injury which should open the door for Wright. With Covid, injuries, international break the season has been stop / start thus far, hopefully a run of games will see us click into top gear.
  13. Disappointing night but I think you have to acknowledge the standard of opposition we faced. Way better than anything we’ll face for the rest of the season probably What disappointed me most was the way we gifted them the 2 goals. Losing possession too easily once again. But our home support need to realise too that playing in Europe is a totally different game from the SPFL. You need to keep possession even if it means going backwards more often than you’d like to. You can’t give away possession easily to top calibre sides or they’ll punish you. Patience is the key. On a more worrying note I do wonder if Steven Davis has got another full season in him. No one has got more admiration for Davis than myself but I genuinely wonder if this is a season too far for him but hopefully we’re now starting to see Lundstram emerge and show us the EPL player we thought we were getting. I thought he did well tonight
  14. Just in from the game have to disagree about Kent losing ball for first goal it came from a hospital pass from Aribo as we were pressing.McGregor no chance with goal. Second goal Kent should have punted ball away,did not,and Keystone Cop defending ensued. Thought Lundstram had his best game,MOM for me,but both Aribo and Kamara let us down badly. As for the referee he fell for all their diving and time wasting--no better than any Scottish ones. Was VAR in use tonight as I thought the push on Barisic was a penalty. Five games left to get it right but meanwhile roll on Sunday.
  15. I stick with what I said earlier, we haven't played to anywhere near our standard from last season! last season I would be confident of giving any team a game, this season I'm not as confident!
  16. The one thing here is that you really don`t know how Lyon would actually play, unless you see them often. We went for a midfield of craft (which they did), and an attacking three that were essentually Morelos up top and two people interchanging positions and dropping deep every now and then. By default, that means we were blunt up top. Once we knew how Lyon played, we should have put on another quick guy to run into the space that was there, one attacker who goes for goal. Kent was far too often far too deep ... and when we had the ball in the box, we were usually still outnumbered as our craftsmen didn`t support the frontline that hard and run into spaces. When we play 4-3-3, we should play 3 attackers up front ... and for a good few weeks now, Kent is too blunt in front of goals to get a starting slot ahead of Wright, Sakala or Roofe. BTW, we also missed Hagi tonight. Dunno whether Bassey and Patterson would have faredthat well against the likey of Lyon, but against other teams, they can sure step up. Having said that, both Barisic and Tavernier were okay tonight, given then opposition. It was more a case of the DMS/CMs not taking up their men every now and then.
  17. So basically we should get rid of the whole team from last season and start again!!!
  18. Bassey should have played tonight. Wright deserves a start. Sakala....cant wait till he actually gets a start. Kent and aribo are creating nothing but will get picked every week. Wouldnt mind patterson getting a game as well. We are ordinary and predictable. Void of any imagination and guile. Do i think well win the league? Yes i do, it will be the best if a bad lot though. As for Europe its been an embarrassment from the first kick of the ball. And the sane managers favourites thats dragging us down.
  19. I feel we have regressed since last season, not solely based on tonights performance, but as Ian mentioned above, this has been typical of our season so far. We're just not composed enough, accurate enough, fast enough, focused enough. Based on our European performances so far, where we've really not turned up in any of the games, I fear that 3rd (and a parachute to the conference) may even be too much to ask. We need to jolt ourselves out of this lacklustre phase that we've been in for too long now, or it could be a very regretful season. Lyon were too comfortable, but if Rangers of last season turned up tonight I don't think we lose that. Positives were hard to find, but was pleased with Lundstrum and Balogun. Kent first half and Sakala seemed to inject some energy, but we need more from everyone.
  20. Can you name our best team seeing as you think SG is continually getting it so wrong all the time? according to you!.
  21. Same lacklustre unimaginative performance from the same faces week in week out. Barasic was terrible as was our midfield again. But it will be the same side that will get picked next game no matter how badly they play. Gerrard is getting it very wrong and sticking by his favourites will cost us dear.
  22. Agree with most of what you say, except that I think Lyon are a top-drawer team. Denayer certainly conned the ref in a 'collision' with Wright.
  23. Can't disagree too much with that. Balagon our best player on the night,and Lundstram showed up well. Unfortunately we failed to impose ourselves in midfield and no surprise Davis & Aribo were withdrawn. Neither really imposed themselves. Just can't help feeling we really miss Ryan Jack on these big Euro nights. Lyon are a class act, however, we rarely laid a glove on them which is disappointing .
  24. First off, if that ref is international standard, so too is Collum. He was buying any shit from the Lyon chaps. Speaking of the latter, they had some decent spells but where hardly that great either. At the end of the day, a Sunday-afternoon-goal as we say over here and a mighty scramble in our goal-area gave them the goals that counted, but chances-wise we should have been in that game too. Kent ... well, that`s two goals he essentially gave away, first loosing the ball, then working back well but instead of clearing it, looked up and the ball was away in the danger-zone. When you see Wright instead of him, it makes you wonder why it needs an injury that means Kent is benched for a while and others are given a chance?! He and Aribo were also guilty of holding onto the ball when an opposing player was next to him, only to learn that this is international level, and in case of Lyon, de-facto CL-level ... not the Premiership. Likewise, as has been said, too many stray passes that ended up short (maybe the weather, since the Lyon guys weren`t any much better). Lundstram came into the game as Davis dropped out, I assume a few more of these games and he will come good in Europe too. Our wingbacks did okay, as did our centre-halfs. The crux of the matter remains that having Aribo and Kent alongside a single striker, not least when the two drop deep or into a variety of positions, make us a blunt weapon up front. It should be Morelos, Roofe and Wright or Sakala up front, and the rest can work behind that. People that drive at goal at every opportunity and shoot if there is a slight option. Aribo and Kent far too often look for a pass too many before actually taking a shot ... and truth be told, while both can hit the odd cool strike, the strike-rate is not that great. As such, the game should have been different, given how average Lyon has shown up. As I noted on the German board: if CL quality means such play-acting along with the odd bit of brilliance, I wonder whether it is better to stay in the Premiership.
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