Did Glasgow Rangers almost get three points on Thursday against Villarreal?

The last time the Scottish side played at El Madrigal in 2006, before last Thursday night, the result was a 1-1 draw, but unfortunately the Ibrox club only managed a 2-2 home result.

This time Rangers managed to provide a good second half-45 minute performance to end up drawing 2-2 against an expensively put together Villarreal side.

Steven Gerrard took his side to the small town of Villarreal to see if Rangers could do better this time, by taking all three points.

They narrowly failed when Scott Arfield missed the last chance of the game with a tame shot straight at the keeper, after superb set-up-work by sub Graham Dorrans.

The boss insisted that his side would play to win by playing a centre forward and two wingers. He picked Kyle Lafferty through the middle with Daniel Candeias at outside right and Ryan Kent on the left wing.

The plan was to keep the shape of the team solid and hit them quick on the break, and that’s exactly what Rangers did.

According to Gerrard, the Spanish side had been making silly mistakes which had led to goals against them, which he hoped his side could take advantage of.

Twice Villarreal moved ahead in the game, but importantly, Rangers came storming back on both occasions to equalize. Arfield got the first and Lafferty the second.

The second goal was one of Rangers best ever away goals in Europe. Sub Glenn Middleton passed an inch-perfect pass to Borna Barisic who sent an accurate cross for Lafferty to apply a top class finish.

Gerrard said: “It hasn’t been a plan of ours to go and set up and defend for our lives. I don’t think Rangers try and do that.

“We want to have a shape and organization where we are hard to play against and respect the opposition but we want to try and go and play when we win the ball back.

“We want to go and create chances and score. I am not just going to try and defend and try and nick a point, although a point on the road in Europe wouldn’t be a bad result.”


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