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.
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.
Jon Flanagan is honkin at fitbaw tbh.
— Colin McConaghy (@ColinMcConaghy1) November 29, 2018
— MediumStevieFraser (@StevieFraser375) November 29, 2018
— Scott Hilland (@Scott_Hilland8) November 29, 2018
Good result tonight for rangers but we need Lee Wallace back in the team Flanagan isn’t the answer far to many mistakes.
— alex black (@eckybalex2012) November 29, 2018
Flanagan is the weak link, he's not a rangers player, square go if you disagree 👎
— Borna 🐻 #letsgo (@Barry_Howat) November 29, 2018
Flanagan and Worrall are stealing careers at Rangers…2 worst players in the squad and are causing us to concede week in week out 🙄
— Scott Maxwell (@scott_maxwell3) November 29, 2018
Flanagan sold him a horrible pass which wasn’t Worrall’s error but he was shaky and his distribution is awful. Don’t know what Gerrard saw/sees in him
— The Famous Glasgow Rangers (@TheFamousGers) November 29, 2018
Said it all season and hate saying it again,Rangers need two full backs pronto. Tavernier and Flanagan are the weak links.
And before anyone says,I know Tavernier is good going forward but he is a hopeless defender.
— Peter Ramsay (Boris) (@boris1873) November 29, 2018
Jon Flanagan with one of the best performances I’ve ever seen in Europe (if he’d been playing for Villarreal)
— DC (@DeeCee1873) November 29, 2018
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.
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.