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5 talking points as Alfredo Morelos bags Rangers double to continue brilliant Europa League scoring run
The Colombian emerged from the bench and was a key man in the 5-0 win over Lincoln Red Imps in Gibraltar. Steven Gerrard 's side were barely troubled and eased through thanks to goals from James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Jermain Defoe and an impressive double from sub Alfredo Morelos.
Rangers andmade it to the play-off round of the Europa League but the mood in their respective camps could be hardly more different.
Gers fans were thrilled at the manner in which they went to Holland and dismantled Willem II, while Hoops supporters were raging with their side’s display in Riga, despite making it through with a last minute goal.
Let’s start with the positives then.
Alan McGaw, Alloa, said: “That was a brilliant performance from- the best result of the night. With the saves from McGregor and man of the match Ryan Kent and another win in Europe it’s another step closer to the We’ll take more confidence into the next round.”
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Rangers conceded for the first time in their eighth match of the Scottish Premiership season before Christian Doidge headed a late leveller after goals from Alfredo Morelos and Scott Arfield but they were denied victory by a Christian Doidge header.Gerrard's men go back to the top of the table by a point but, having played a game more than Celtic, will worry they have handed the title initiative to Neil Lennon's champions.Hibs have now gone nine games without a win against Rangers but do hold on to third spot.
George Wilson, West Sussex, said: “Excellent performance by Rangers against a side as good as anyone they will face in Scotland this year and who certainly didn’t deserve to lose 4-0. Both teams should be praised for attacking constantly throughout and Willem were still coming hard at Rangers even when 4-0 down.
“Compare this to the cloggers and 10 men in defence we get in Scotland every week where teams like Livingston and Hibs were doing cartwheels and celebrating after kicking their way to a draw at home. And refreshing to have excellent and unbiased refereeing. Rangers are now the best footballing side in Scotland and if they can carry the ruthlessness they showed in front of goal here into domestic games then 55 is in the bag.”
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John Bruce emailed: “Rangers gave one of their customary assured European performances on Thursday to beat Willem II and progress in this year’s Europa League. To win 4-0 away from home in Europe is a terrific result. To beat a Dutch team 4-0 (Dutch cup finalists) is an exceptional result.
“Celtic also gave one of their customary European performances, struggling against little known Latvian side Riga, taking a last minute goal to beat them.
“Rangers proved again that they are comfortable in the European arena and are not just there to make up the numbers, or to be cannon fodder. Their fans can now look forward to watching the next tie in the comfort of their sofas - rather than behind them.”
Andrew Lamb, Fraserburgh said: “Despite my earlier fears for Rangers’ Euro hopes, can I say how professional the Gers were. Great result.”
Drew Ferguson, Oban, emailed: “As a Rangers fan with a long memory as we were told that Scottish football does not need Glasgow Rangers. So following that line of thinking will these same people not welcome Rangers fans into their grounds now that the game is now on its knees whilst Rangers continue to improve the Scottish European coefficient?”
Willem II 0-4 Rangers: Kent stars in Europa League qualifier win
Inspired by the excellent Ryan Kent, who scored and had two assists, a play-off against Galatasaray in Glasgow next week was comfortably secured by Rangers. They now stand just 90 minutes away from a third successive season in the Europa League group stage. Aside from prestige, the £2.5million of UEFA prize money on offer for qualification would be very welcome as Scottish football faces up to the absence of fans in grounds for the foreseeable future.Kent won the penalty that was converted by James Tavernier before netting himself prior to the break.
Even the Italian match officials in Holland were praised with Alan Milligan emailing: “European referees - what a welcome change from Scotland. They let the game flow and any hammer throwers are dealt with early doors.”
John Stewart, Newton Mearns, said: “What a difference it makes to have a neutral referee for a match . After the refereeing performances Rangers have had to put up domestically over the last couple of seasons it is really refreshing to have an official who goes by the rules and not his bias.”
Scott Cassidy, Bridgeton said: “I’m a huge Gers fan but I watched Celtic last night and I wish we were more like them. They know how to grind out a result when they don’t play well. When you win easily it’s good but when we play poorly we can’t seem to get over the line and win ugly!”
Robert McEwan, from Mount Vernon emailed: “I predicted Celtic would get through, Rangers would romp through and the Dons and Well would go out - the same old same old. And the Old Firm will go when they meet a half decent team.”
Frank McFerran, from Carrickfergus said: “Great result by Rangers because it was a tie that worried me. And as a Rangers fan I’ve no love for Celtic, but I’m glad they won for Scotland’s sake. One has to be sensible.”
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Fraser Wilson takes your calls as the debate rages on after the weekend action. The referee awarded handballs against Well duo Bevis Mugabi and Liam Grimshaw while waving away a strong shout for the Steelmen when Allan Campbell fell under a Glen Kamara challenge.
Frank was kinder to Celtic than many of their own fans.
Kenny Wilson, from Moffat, said: “Another slow boring predictable performance from Celtic. Ryan Christie playing striker with Ajeti on the bench ? Insisting on playingwide left when he can’t go past a player or cross a ball? Things need to change quickly or Rangers will have a field day against us.”
Paul McCormack, from Coatbridge, emailed: “More of the same, so bad, so flat, so lacking any kind of creativity.
"Without Christie and Frimpong’s energy where would we be? We can’t live off 11 trophies in a row much longer. What we’re watching right now is as poor as it’s been for quite some time.”
David Bryce, Troon said: : “That could quite easily be the worst Celtic performance of my lifetime. We looked every inch a pub team. Edouard and Ntcham are a disgrace to the jersey,who I hope I never see in a Celtic jersey again. Shane Duffy is absolutely awful too. Neil Lennon has turned us into a pub team and needs to go. A special mention to Frimpong who is the only Celt who deserves his win bonus.”
Brian Duff, Glenrothes, wasn’t impressed with Aberdeen’s exit. He said: “What is it with the likes of Derek McInnes? Speaking after their Sporting Lisbon defeat he said: ‘I thought we deserved an equaliser but I am very proud of their performance.’
“And so m’lud I rest my case. This is one of the reasons we are a fourth rate football nation, with the ‘that will do’ attitude.
Finally, Alan Lough, Dunbar, enjoyed another European match, saying: “That was a superb Super Cup final with Bayern Munich the deserved winners over Sevilla. It was a breath of fresh air to watch a match with a crowd, even if the stadium was only a third full due to covid-19 rules. It just goes to prove that a crowd can make a superb match even better because it makes for a better atmosphere.”
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Michael Gannon took your calls and Celtic and Rangers fans were clashing again over the title race.The international break gives everyone in the domestic game a chance to take a breath and concentrate on Scotland’s biggest game in years.