Jon Flanagan’s Villarreal display has earned some fierce criticism from supporters.

Rangers, on the night, were defensively sound for the most part. A 0-0 draw despite playing 45 minutes with 10 men shows just how resilient the Gers had to be on the night.

A couple of stunning stops from Allan McGregor also kept the Ibrox side in the game. Overall, the Rangers supporters were full of praise for their side both individually and collectively.

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Jon Flanagan struggled for the most part once again (Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

The one man who didn’t avoid some fury from the fans, however, was Flanagan. The left-back was a bit of a bomb-scare throughout the 90 minutes, and struggled to deal with some of Villarreal’s combination play.

Here’s what the Gers fans had to say after the game regarding their full-back.


A long way back to redemption

Flanagan, to his credit, continued to give his all throughout the 90 minutes and put in some crunching challenges. Added to that, it would also be unfair to ignore the fact that certain supporters also had words of encouragement for him.


If the match proved anything, however, it’s that Andy Halliday is by far the second-best left-back. It would’ve been interesting to see how better Rangers would’ve got on with Borna Barisic available. The Gers lacked some pace and inventiveness down the left, with Glenn Middleton struggling to link-up with Flanagan.

Despite the result, Flanagan was part of a big result (Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

Down the right, however, it wasn’t much different. Daniel Candeias’ red card cost the Gers from being much of a threat in the second half. That didn’t stop Kyle Lafferty from coming close with Rangers’ only real chance late on.

For Flanagan, however, he continues to stay in Steven Gerrard’s plans despite being generally unfavoured by the Rangers support. He deserves immense credit for sticking at it at Ibrox, but he simply isn’t good enough to be in the side on these big nights.

Barisic will hopefully be available for the trip to Hearts on Sunday. If not, it’s Halliday who should receive the Tynecastle call.

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