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.

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Scott Arfield scored the winner. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

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.

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BT Sport commentator Stephen Craigan was surprised Jermain Defoe didn’t make the Rangers bench vs Standard Liege. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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:


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