Is European form making Rangers complacent at home?
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Is European form making Rangers complacent at home?

With Rapid Vienna looming, it’s a chance for Rangers to continue their great form in Europe. But is a focus on achieving on the continent making Rangers complacent at home?

Rangers are unbeaten so far in Europe. More than that, Gerrard’s men have often been stylish, commanding and creative.

But they’ve also been compact, controlled and organised when they’ve had to be.

There’s been a real game management and togetherness from the players.

It’s not been like that at times in the league.

Going away the concern at home

The biggest contrast from domestic and European football comes in Rangers away form. Whilst at home they are sweeping sides away domestically, away from Ibrox the club is struggling.

If there are any excuses for Aberdeen and Celtic, there can be none for Motherwell and Livingston. Two from twelve is not good enough and must improve if the team are to challenge.

Rangers have toiled away from home so far in the league. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In Europe however, some of the best performances have been saved for the road. Thursday nights on the road to NK Osijek, Maribor and FC Ufa were huge nights for fans already this season. Not to mention the 2-2 draw with Villarreal.

So why can’t Rangers get it right on their travels in Scotland?

Complacency and competition the problem

These European games are massive. The entire club is buzzing. The entire city is buzzing. Fans are flocking to another country.

Even for a fledgling squad this can be a major boost. Players will up their game on a big night.

Against Livingston, there isn’t such a big game factor. Especially for players who aren’t as familiar with the Scottish competition.

That doesn’t make it any less important.

More than that though, in Scotland clubs love to scalp Rangers. Whenever the Ibrox giants face off against Scottish opposition on their patch, they’ll get a game. If Rangers aren’t up for it, they’ll come away empty handed.

In contrast they’ve been very good at home. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

European fixtures and a lack of knowledge of how things work here may well have made Rangers complacent. Teams lift it against us.

You need to run yourself into the ground every game for Rangers, not just in the big matches.

Rangers might have been successful so far in Europe, but it is the league which really matters. They certainly can’t be complacent about performances or results on the continent either.

It’s a completely different game and opposition in Scotland.

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