Rangers manager Steven Gerrard
Rangers were 3-2 ahead at half time, but defensively the Ibrox club were disappointing in the second period.
Rangers manager Gerrard has revealed what he told his players at half time.
Gerrard told Rangers’ official website: “The message at half-time was ‘it’s 3-2, if we defend better we either win this game or worst-case we come away with something'. But we had a terrible five minutes just after the break and we were punished for it.”
Over the course of the 90 minutes at Stadion Spartak in Moscow on Thursday evening, hosts Spartak had 58% of the possession, took 19 shots of which seven were on target, and earned nine corners, according to BBC Sport.
Visitors Rangers had 42% of the possession, took eight shots of which three were on target, and earned six corners, according to BBC Sport.
Rangers are third in the Europa League Group G at the moment with five points from four matches, just a point behind leaders Villarreal.