Rangers will return to Glasgow with a vital away goal after a 1-1 draw against Slavia Prague in the Europa League last 16 – and Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard will have plenty to be happy with after his side’s battling performance.
After going down to Nico Stanciu’s fantastic strike just six minutes in, Fil Helander leveled things up shortly before the break after some selfless play by Ianis Hagi to lay it on a place for the Swedish defender.
The return leg at Ibrox is sure to be a tense affair with both sides looking more than capable of scoring next week but Rangers will be confident they can make it through to the last 8.
Gerrard’s side are now unbeaten in 12 games in Europe this season and if the Gers can extend that, they should hopefully be in the quarter-final draw.
Just as the game looked to be petering out, Allan McGregor grabbed all the headlines with an incredible save that is up there with anything you’ll see anywhere, getting down to deny Masopust as his header looked destined for the back of the net.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) March 11, 2021
With no game this weekend, Gerrard’s side have a full week to prepare for the return leg and the Gers boss will be happy overall with his side’s showing in the Czech capital.
Here’s how Gerrard’s side performed in their first-leg clash against Slavia:
Allan McGregor – 8
Veteran keeper looked as though he’d be in no state to take the pitch a few days ago and could do little to stop Slavia opening the scoring after six minutes. 86th European appearance for Rangers and didn’t have a huge amount to do before he pulled off an incredible late save.
Nathan Patterson – 8
Another start for the teenager and he never put a foot wrong as he continues his redemption after a Covid breach. Fantastic block late on to deny Boril as both sides chased a late winner and looking like growing into a serious contender for Tavernier.
Connor Goldson – 7
The defender kept up his record of playing every minute so far this season and should have scored but didn’t make enough contact. Done well against a threatening attack as Slavia made life difficult for the Gers.
Filip Helander – 7
Swedish defender is yet to lose in a Premiership game for Rangers and his European record isn’t bad either – and he put in a good shift despite being targeted by the Czechs before drawing Rangers level not long before the break.
Borna Barisic – 7
Barisic’s free-kick ultimately led to the opener and the Croatian worked hard down the left as Slavia looked to get in behind the Gers’ defence. Always a massive threat from set-pieces.
Steven Davis – 7
Struggled to really get into the game in the opening 45 as Rangers were second best but shone after the break. When Davis plays at his best, he’s head and shoulders above everyone.
Glen Kamara – 6
Similar to Davis but didn’t quite get going as much after the restart. Substituted in the final minutes as Bongani Zungu took his place to see the game out.
Joe Aribo – 7
Another who struggled early on but was really starting to influence things before he was replaced by Kemar Roofe in the closing stages. Looked much more effective as part of the front three.
Ryan Kent – 6
Worked hard but not much came off for the winger. Kept plugging away trying to get involved though and such a threat when he can find space to play.
Ianis Hagi – 6
Massive part in the equaliser as he showed great awareness to cut the ball back for Helander. Little influence beyond that as he struggled to keep up with the pace of the game. Replaced after an hour by Scott Arfield.
Alfredo Morelos – 8
50th career European tie for the Colombian and he put in a tremendous shift leading the line for the champions. Does so much out of possession to allow the likes of Kent to influence things.
Read our match report as the Gers drew 1-1 in a hard-fought tie in the Czech capital against Slavia