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‘I DIDN’T RECOGNISE US,’ ADMITS GERRARD

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STEVEN GERRARD issued a rallying call to his Rangers players at half-time as they trailed 1-0 to Feyenoord in Rotterdam last night.

The Ibrox boss has witnessed his side being overrun by ex-manager Dick Advocaat’s side in a fairly one-sided opening 45 minutes in their crucial Europa League group confrontation.

His side responded to his instructions and two headed goals from Alfredo Morelos, remarkably, had them 2-1 in front before the home side came back to level and earn a point.

Now Rangers’ fate is in their own hands going into their final section game against Young Boys at Ibrox a week on Thursday. The Swiss blew their chances of qualifying when they toppled to a 2-1 home defeat against Porto.

Gerrard, speaking to Sky Sports, said: “I think it’s a fair result. Feyenoord were better in the first-half, I thought we were excellent in the second. In patches of the first-half, I didn’t recognise us – what we stand for, our identity, what we’ve worked ever so hard for.

“I thought we were passive at times – and slightly lucky not to be further behind at half-time. They got a bit of luck with the goal, but Feyenoord certainly deserved to be in front at the break.

“I asked for the REAL Rangers in the second-half and we got it. We’re really pleased and proud of the boys to be in this position.

“Of course, we would have liked to have got the job done on this occasion, but we can’t control what happens elsewhere. This is a positive result even though you saw two sides of us.”

Jens Toornstra gave the hosts the lead just after the half-hour mark when his shot deflected off Filip Helander and swept past beat Allan McGregor who made two tremendous saves in the opening half.

The Gers equalised shortly after the break as Morelos headed the ball high into the top corner from Ryan Kent’s superb left-wing in the 52nd minute.

The Colombian struck again after 65 minutes when he nodded home from Borna Barisic’s service from the same flank, but Luis Sinisterra responded just minutes later with a cool finish.

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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