Steven Gerrard has told BT Sport that Rangers did not keep the ball well enough in the second half against Feyenoord, despite his side’s excellent 1-0 win over the Dutch side in the Europa League on Thursday night.
The Gers came flying out of the traps at Ibrox in an emotional night following the death of Fernando Ricksen. James Tavernier missed a penalty, Kenneth Vermeer made a number of saves and Scott Arfield hit the woodwork.
But it was Sheyi Ojo that finally broke the deadlock, lashing home a left-footed effort from all of 20 yards to give Rangers the lead. In the second half, Feyenoord pegged Rangers back, but they could not find their way past Allan McGregor.
Gerrard was pleased with his players and believed they matched the emotion of the crowd, but stated that the Gers should have kept the ball better in the second half rather than taking risks in pursuit of a second goal.
“I thought Feyenoord edged the second half,” Gerrard said. “We never retained the ball well enough so I felt it kept coming back. With a bit more experience, I would like us to keep the ball better – certainly at this level.”
TBR’s view – Gerrard is right and Rangers must learn quickly
A stunning start to life in the Europa League and it instantly gives the Gers a chance of qualification to the knockout stages. But two games against FC Porto are still to come, and Rangers need to be more street wise.
Indeed, game management is an issue that Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham failed to cope with on Wednesday night and Rangers must learn that killing the game off is just as important as finding the back of the net.