I wouldn’t have put tuppence on Glasgow Rangers scoring twice in Spain after the disastrous first minute of the game.
The Gers were pretty average in the first 45 minutes and you felt that if Villarreal scored a second goal, they would go on to win comfortably.
This is the fifth team and nine games played, where all of them have failed to defeat Rangers in the Europa League. Shkupi, Osijek, Maribor, Ufa and huge favourites Villarreal.
This result might change the path of where the Light Blues may end up this year. Success brings even more success and the boss has instilled discipline in his troops.
Perhaps it wasn’t their most accomplished performance of the season, but the 2-2 result was probably the best they have achieved so far.
Gerrard wanted Rangers to meet established European sides and he certainly got his wish, with Rapid Vienna and Spartak Moscow still to come. This result should give the team more confidence.
Rangers’ fitness was imperative to attaining the two come back goals. The difference in stamina is day and night to what it was last season.
The coming weeks and months will stretch the full squad with SPFL and BetFred matches, coupled with the other five Europa League group ties.
The Rangers boss believes they are not in Group G just to make up the numbers. He is fully expecting his new side to progress further in this Europa League tournament.
It didn’t go exactly as planned as Joe Worrall and Connor Goldson got in each other’s way to allow a strike at goal in the first minute.
Within minutes of the second half, Rangers could have been further behind, but McGregor did what he always does, when he blocked another good Villarreal move.
McGregor denied Mori’s viciously struck strike, with a fabulous push it round the post save. He was again quick off his line to stop Sansone scoring. It’s McGregor for Scotland on this form.
A very important scoring opportunity for Rangers.
James Tavernier who was having a good game, attacked the Villarreal defence at pace and was brought down in the box. A guaranteed penalty the Rangers fans screamed from the stands.
But the ball broke to Daniel Candeias who squared the cross to the on running Scott Arfield to finish off the brilliant move by smashing the ball into the Villarreal net.
Within two minutes the Spanish side took the lead again. Substitute Moreno cut inside Borna Barisic and fired the ball past McGregor. Another shock for Gerrard and the Rangers fans.
Could Rangers possibly get back into this match?
Glenn Middleton came on as substitute with 20 minutes to go, and provided an attacking edge when Rangers needed it most.
He sent an inch-perfect pass down the wing to Barisic, who crossed an accurate ball into the path of Lafferty for an exquisite strike, to end the scoring at 2–2.