Rangers manager Gio van Bronckhorst think his players ‘did everything’ in this afternoon’s 1-1 draw with Celtic at Parkhead as assessed his side’s performance in the final Old Firm of the season.
Fashion Sakala’s strike earned Rangers a point after falling behind to Jota’s first-half strike but the Light Blues were the better side for long spells and had a number of chances to make it 3-1.
The result means Celtic need four points from their final three games to regain the title they lost last season and van Bronckhorst was full of praise for his player as he turns his focus to Thursday’s Europa League semi-final against RB Leipzig.
“I think only a win today would have given us the chance to close the gap even more,” Gio told Sky Sports.
“It’s still six points with the goal difference in favour of Celtic so it will be more difficult after today.
“We have to prepare well. We had a good performance, physically we looked strong and now we have three days to prepare for Leipzig where we can reach the final in Europe.
“We’ll prepare as we always do and make sure we have the same intentions and character on Thursday because we’ll need it.
“We couldn’t have asked more from my players second half. We pushed really hard to come back into the game which we did, and had good opportunities to win the game in the final 10 minutes.
“We did everything we could to win the game but in the end we’re two points short.
“After 60 minutes we were getting stronger and stronger and we did really well in those moments. We created chances and we hit the post, Fashion had a one on one against Joe Hart.
“The only thing is we didn’t score the chances we had.”
Rangers deserved more from Celtic Park performance – but it summed up the season for Gers
Rangers were the better team for long spells against their Old Firm rivals but failed to take all three points and it summed up the campaign for van Bronckhorst’s side.
The slack defending for Jota’s opener is the same sort of thing we’ve seen time and again this term, while the Light Blues had more than enough chances to kill the game off.
Going into next season there needs to be an improvement in certain areas but there are clear signs things are heading in the right direction.