It is no surprise that the Glasgow Rangers fans have made their feelings known about the way most of the players let themselves down at Hampden Park, in yesterday’s late afternoon game.
Aberdeen didn’t play well but they did manage to score the opening and winning goal from Rangers well known weakness – a sloppily defended corner kick.
Rangers have a wonderful goalkeeper in Allan McGregor, who is a world-class shot stopper but height stops him from being brilliant at winning cross balls consistently.
Yesterday everybody was expecting to see a successful Rangers football result to see them meeting Celtic in the final of the BetFred cup in early December. Especially as it was against a very average Aberdeen team.
Neither side had many chances during the game, with the ‘Gers only managing to get one shot on target before Lewis Ferguson headed in from a corner kick in the 79th minute for the winner.
Rangers were terrible in midfield and up front all day, with nobody playing well enough to make the breakthrough or create anything worth talking about.
Umar Sadiq, who is on loan for the season from Roma, didn’t do enough to earn another start, as he kept running offside and was booked for diving when he could have scored.
It is possible that the Rangers supporters will not see Sadiq play for the club again after this hugely average display.
This semi-final was Gerrard’s best chance to win a tournament this season, but between him and his under-performing men – they all blew it!
Gerrard should have made a couple of his changes much earlier than he did. It was obvious that Rangers were struggling to play clever penetrating passes throughout the game.
Aberdeen’s game plan was to defend deep and pack the midfield to nullify the Rangers attacking players and it worked beautifully.
Well done to ex-Ranger Derek McInnes and nothing but regret for rookie manager Gerrard, who is still learning about the ‘get stuck right into them style of play’ from most inferior teams in Scotland.