Rangers were on their way to bringing a famous result back to Ibrox.
Pundit Michael Stewart thinks Rangers manager Steven Gerrard will be ‘absolutely raging’ by the manner of their narrow defeat away to Swiss side Young Boys tonight, speaking to BBC Scotland (03/10 live match page, 19:52).
The UEFA Europa League encounter was a huge chance for the Gers to pick up another big result in Europe after the recent win over Feyenoord.
They were well on their way to doing that after Alfredo Morelos’ excellent opener just prior to the interval.
However, poor defensive concentration and composure led to the travelling Gers conceding two goals.
On both occasions, captain James Tavernier appeared to be at fault.
Given he is seen as one of their most important players, it must have been particularly frustrating for an onlooking Gerrard, who couldn’t really do much about the individual errors.
Stewart reckons the Ibrox boss will be fuming.
As quoted by BBC Scotland (03/10 live match page, 19:52), he said: “I can’t help but feel Steven Gerrard will be absolutely raging that his side have given away a great opportunity to pick up three points against Young Boys.
“Two mistakes from the captain and they have been punished for it.”
Should Tavernier be dropped?
The Rangers captain remains an integral part of the way Rangers function so it’s hard to see Gerrard make any knee-jerk decisions despite his poor display tonight.
Gerrard isn’t exactly blessed with exceptional options in his position anyway, with just Matt Polster viable competition. He hasn’t been seen much since signing for the club in January.
It’ll be interesting to see how it’s all handled, especially since fans have been left similarly angry by the performance of the 27-year-old.
No doubt Tavernier will take ownership of his error, but can he recover and show he can be as defensively disciplined as he is impressive going forward?