Rangers fans have been left stunned by a patently incorrect claim made by a high-profile columnist following the Gers’ Europa League draw with Brondby.
The Light Blues underperformed against a limited Brondby side and required a 77th-minute strike from substitute Ianis Hagi to take a point from a very winnable game.
Criticism from the press was inevitable, but supporters were left stunned by Scottish Sun columnist Bill Leckie’s take on the game.
He chose to compare the output of Rangers’ forward line to that of Celtic’s in their 3-2 win over Ferencvaros in Budapest.
He said that Celtic’s front three of Kyogo Furuhashi, Liel Abada and Jota, showed up Rangers’ ‘traditional front two’, Alfredo Morelos and Fashion Sakala.
The suggestion was that in playing ‘two orthodox big ‘uns’ at Brondby, Rangers were very much behind the times.
The problem with that criticism – apart from the fact that it came just days after Rangers hit Motherwell for six and that both Sakala and Morelos are under 6ft – is that Gerrard didn’t play with two up top against the Danish champions.
Like Ange Postecoglou, he fielded three forward players, just as he has done in almost every game since being appointed manager in May 2018.
Rangers’ front three are always given some license to interchange, but broadly speaking, Morelos played through the middle, Sakala off the left and Joe Aribo off the right.
When Morelos, Sakala and Scott Arfield were taken off prior to the hour mark, Aribo moved into midfield and Ryan Kent, Hagi and Kemar Roofe formed an entirely new front three.
There was no major change of formation and style like Leckie suggested, just a change in personnel.
It didn’t take Rangers fans long to call out the bizarre error.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:
Traditional two up top? When’s the last time you watched rangers? 1992?
— scotta83 (@scotta831) November 5, 2021
Were Hately & McCoist playing the last time Bill watched Rangers?
— Alex (@alxfrance) November 5, 2021
Rangers don’t play 2 up front …. What an embarrassing story
— Relentle55🏆 (@Buddie232) November 5, 2021
Rangers have never played 2 up front under Gerrard. What is he on about 😂
— 🇫🇮 King Kamara 🇫🇮 (@King_Kamara18) November 5, 2021
This is wild. How does that headline pass even a basic level of understanding of football? https://t.co/CNQjc4lg3s
— adamski152 (@adamski152) November 5, 2021
This is wrong on so many levels. https://t.co/4aV4Df1pUG
— Patrick Caskie (@patrickcaskie) November 5, 2021
In other news, a major new Rangers Castore range has officially been launched.