Chris Sutton has told BT Sport’s Europa League highlights show that Rangers will be frustrated following their draw against Benfica, but predicted them to still qualify – and praised the growth of Kemar Roofe since his move to Ibrox.
Rangers came into the match having lead Benfica 3-1 in Portugal last time out, only to draw 3-3 after Darwin Nunez scored an injury-time equaliser. On Thursday, Rangers lead 2-0 but ended up drawing 2-2.
Scott Arfield gave the Gers the lead with a close-range finish after James Tavernier’s header hit the bar, before Roofe made it 2-0 with a stunning goal in the second half. However, Benfica came roaring back. Tavernier inadvertently scored an own goal.
Moments later, a lovely move from Benfica saw Pizzi crash home a left-footed effort into the roof of the Rangers net. Sutton said it was another good performance but thinks Steven Gerrard will be frustrated. He did praise Roofe, though.
“There in a real good place Rangers, scoring goals and not conceding,” Sutton said. “They have a real identity. Roofe is really growing into a Rangers jersey, his goal was brilliant – and what about that for a finish. That is a top, top finish.