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WOE FOR GERRARD AND CO, PREDICTS NICHOLAS

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CHARLIE NICHOLAS has written off Rangers’ hopes of winning the Premiership title this season.

And the former Celtic and Scotland international star predicts doom for their Europa League ambitions when they face Braga in Portugal tomorrow night.

Nicholas, 58, insists it will be woe for Steven Gerrard and Co as they attempt to defend their 3-2 advantage following last week’s thrilling comeback from two goals down to win 3-2 at a rocking Ibrox.

However, the media pundit reckons the Gers’ ropey rearguard will cost them any chance they had of a place in the next stage of European competition.

Gerrard was left frustrated by his dithering back lot in the 2-2 draw with St Johnstone in Perth on Sunday where Croatian centre-back Nikol Katic had a nightmare as the Govan outfit dropped 12 points behind champions Celtic.

Nicholas, speaking on Sky Sports, said: “Rangers know the title is gone. Steven Gerrard has been unhappy with the defence and questioned it quite a bit. It has been poor and evident for all to see.

“Gerrard has introduced the fighting spirit to this Rangers team.

“They have a really good away record in the Europa League, but I fear Braga are too good for them. It has been amazing for them to get here, but I think they will go out on away goals.

“You cannot trust the defence at the minute, while Alfredo Morelos is suspended, so this spells trouble.”

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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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