Rangers horror shows continue but £30m Champions League prize in sight
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Rangers horror shows continue but £30m Champions League prize in sight

Rangers Champions League prize is still in sight, despite the club’s recent defensive horror shows.

With news last week of £23.5m operating losses, this has heaped more pressure on the club to retain the league title and qualify automatically for the Champions League group stages.

David Weir in action during Rangers Champions League tie with Valencia in 2010. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The £30m European windfall would help the club massively, not just financially but also creating an incentive for better players to sign on at Ibrox.

This season has seen Rangers fail to replicate their performances from last season. In fairness, the title-winning campaign was out of this world and may never be repeated.

There can be no doubts however, this season the performances have dipped massively.

For instance, we have conceded the first goal in 11 matches. Compare this to last season and only seven times did the opposition score first. That’s a remarkable turnaround.

At the same stage last season, the team had only conceded six goals in all competitions. The figure stands at 21 this season.

Injuries and the constant chopping and changing of the side haven’t helped. Neither has the ongoing situation regarding Connor Goldson’s contract scenario.

Yet we still find ourselves top of the table heading into the international break. Although the performances have been less consistent, and amid some defensive horror shows, Rangers’ Champions League hopes are still alive.

These lethargic starts to matches are becoming commonplace and need to be eradicated soon if we have serious ambitions of retaining our title.

The international break has come at precisely the right time for the team.

Rangers will need to shore up defensive concerns if they want to lift the title again and compete in the Champions League. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Although these comparisons have highlighted how poor defensively we have become, it shouldn’t take away from the side’s ability to retaliate well once going behind.

But how good would it be to score first for a change?

Reversing this trend could be the difference between the Champions League jackpot and some serious Ibrox downgrading.

Meanwhile, a Rangers loanee could give Gerrard a selection headache after an impressive showing at the weekend.

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