Rangers fans have criticised Stephen Craigan for his remarkable blunder on commentary during the Europa League win over Standard Liege.
The Gers triumphed 3-2 at Ibrox to secure their place in the Round of 32 with a game to spare and stay in pole position to win Group D.
First-half goals from Connor Goldson and James Tavernier cancelled out two Standard strikes before Scott Arfield won it by finishing off a flowing move in the 63rd minute.
Supporters expressed their delight at the result on social media after the game, but they weren’t happy with the level of the commentary.
Early in the second half, with the scores level at 2-2 and both Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe struggling to make an impact on the game, Craigan expressed his surprise that Jermain Defoe hadn’t been named on the home side’s bench.
Of course, the veteran striker wasn’t included in the extended squad for the Europa League group stages, a selection call that has been public knowledge for months and has since been addressed by both the manager and the player in press conferences.
Defoe hasn’t been eligible for a European fixture since the final qualifier against Galatasaray on 1 October, with the comment exposing a lack of research from Craigan prior to the game.
The error was soon corrected by the main commentator, but scores of Gers fans picked up on it and took to social media to criticise the former Motherwell defender.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:
Craigan is clueless Defoes no even in the European squad
— Darren (@darrent612) December 3, 2020
Craigan surprised Defoe not on bench 🤦♂️
— taximan2002 (@taximan2002) December 3, 2020
Craigan surprised that a player not in the European Squad didn’t make the bench tonight
— 🍊🇬🇧 (@1872UnionJack) December 3, 2020
Good to see Craigan doing his homework. Caught by surprise by Defoe not on the bench despite not being in our registered squad…
— Rossc14rvl (@rossc14rvl) December 3, 2020
Craigan surprised no Defoe on the bench. pic.twitter.com/OYtom4T8mz
— Bob Voyage (@bobvoyage) December 3, 2020
“Jermaine Defoe not being on the bench caught me by surprise”
Stephen Craigan being caught out by players that aren’t registered to play in the competition
— 🆂🅽🅴🅳🅳🅴🆁🆂 (@_snedders) December 3, 2020
Stephen Craigan saying no Defoe on the bench just sums him up, not even in the Europa League squad 😫
— RyanMcLeod (@TheRyanMcLeod) December 3, 2020
Craigan surprised defoes not on the bench when he’s not even in the squad 🥴
— euan (@_EuanG72) December 3, 2020
Craigan “Jermaine Defoe not on the bench tonight which caught me by surprise”
He’s not in the European squad and hasn’t been all campaign, surely any co-commentator in a Europa League game should know that
— Mr M (@MBS1872) December 3, 2020