Rangers European opponents Borussia Dortmund defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 3-2 on their first match since returning from the Bundesliga winter break, as Mats Hummels lamented the side’s defensive concerns.
Dortmund started off poorly as they conceded two first-half goals to trail their opponents heading into the break.
A spirited comeback ensued, with Thorgan Hazard scoring to make it 2-1, before Jude Bellingham equalised with a well-taken header which looked like it would salvage a point for the side.
The drama wasn’t over as Mo Dahoud scored an excellent winner and gave Dortmund all three points.
The win cuts the gap to league leaders Bayern Munich to six points as the Bavarians surprisingly lost 2-1 to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday evening.
Defender Mats Hummels wasn’t happy with the defence as comments emerged following the game, which has seen the side concede 28 goals in only 18 league matches this term.
“This was a great and emotional win,” Hummels said [Reuters].
“We had a good start and then showed a reaction at the end of the first half. The second half was then a very good reaction.
“But it is frustrating and a constant issue that we give away goals from nothing.
“We concede goals from situations where no goals should be allowed in.”
These comments from Hummels could give the Ibrox side a confidence boost ahead of the tie. Rangers have been excellent since Giovanni van Bronckhorst has taken over and Alfredo Morelos will relish having a shot at the fragile Dortmund defence.
Rangers will travel to Germany for the first leg on February 17, before Dortmund come to Ibrox a week later in what promises to be a fascinating European tie.