Wales manager Rob Page appeared to criticise Rangers’ decision to let Aaron Ramsey take a decisive penalty in the Europa League Final defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Welsh international side’s boss leapt to the defence of the 31-year-old midfielder after the Juventus loanee was on the only one to miss from the spot against the Germans.
A tame, down the middle penalty was saved by the trailing legs of Kevin Trapp despite the fact the ex-PSG stopper dived away from the ball.
It proved to be hugely costly and the only missed penalty of the shootout as Frankfurt held their nerve to dispatch all five of their spot kicks.
Aaron Ramsey was subbed on for a disconsolate Fashion Sakala with only three minutes of extra time to play and the decision proved costly for both the player and Rangers.
Someone who has contributed little but headlines surrounding injuries since joining in January, there are plenty who’ve been questioning the decision to let him take the kick.
Rob Page launches Aaron Ramsey Rangers defence
Rob Page has leapt to the defence of the Aaron Ramsey and believes the Ibrox side placed “unnecessary pressure” on the player by taking him on with minutes to play.
Kemar Roofe was also subbed on late in the game, and almost created the winner, before going on to dispatch his penalty.
“It’s difficult because you have to be up to the pace of the game,” said Page [Independent].
“We see it time after time when you are not up to the pace of the game. It happened recently where the players’ first touch after he comes on is missing a penalty.
“It’s unnecessary pressure for the player. I wouldn’t make the substitution.
“If it was forced and you have to take a penalty then you have to get on with it. But there is no way I would play God.”
Meanwhile, UEFA have apologised to Rangers for the shambolic scenes inside the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán during the defeat to Frankfurt.