RANGERS keeper Allan McGregor was “unsighted” for RB Leipzig’s winning goal in the Europa League semi-final first leg in Germany last night.

That is the verdict of Ibrox boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst who saw the 40-year-old netminder left helpless following a spectacular volley from Angelino for the only goal of a tense encounter.

The former Manchester City full-back got on the end of a headed clearance from Calvin Bassey to wallop a first-time left-foot drive from outside the box through a ruck of players and low past McGregor to his right to give the Bundesliga outfit a slender advantage before the return leg in Glasgow on Thursday.

Van Bronckhorst said: “After the game, we saw some images that Allan appeared to be unsighted for the goal, it was a great strike.

WALLOP…RB Leipzig’s Angelino fires in the only goal of the game with a team-mate in front of Allan McGregor.

“Angelino hit the ball almost perfectly, but you want your goalkeeper to have a chance. I think they checked it with VAR and watched the positions of those players.

“But it’s a discussion after the game when the goal has counted.”

The disappointed Dutchman, speaking to the Daily Record, continued: “We know our crowd will give us a lot of energy and we will be prepared for the return leg.

“We still have a shot at a European Final, this shows the excellent performances of our players in Europe. We have a shot next week to give it our all and our aim is to reach the Final.”

In the other last-four concentration, Davie Moyes’ West Ham were shocked 2-1 by Eintracht Frankfurt in the London Stadium and have it all to do in the second leg.

TOUCHLINE TACTICS…Giovanni van Bronckhorst offers some instructions.

Van Bronckhorst added: “Our focus is now on Celtic, we will recover and prepare for the game on Sunday. The belief is there, we will go there to get a good result.

“Yesterday, the approach was to bring a good result back to Ibrox, Sunday we have to go all out and do everything for the win.

“My objective is to have my players well prepared mentally and physically. I know my players will do everything on Sunday to get a good result, this is what they have continued to do through a hectic schedule.”

A win for Celtic will move Ange Postecoglou’s side nine points ahead with only three games to play.

Only a truly sensational fall from grace – with two of their remaining matches at home against Hearts and Motherwell – could prevent the Hoops from claiming their tenth crown in 11 years.

It’s all set for another dramatic High Noon showdown in the east end of Glasgow with 90 minutes ahead which will not be for the faint of heart.


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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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