McAllister believes Rangers have surpassed all expectations

first_imgRangers assistant manager Gary McAllister believes the club has surpassed all expectations with their performance in this season’s UEFA Europa League.The former Scotland international accepts that Rangers have surpassed all expectations after initially becoming the first Scottish club to progress through four qualifying rounds of Europe’s second string competition, and then through arriving at the final match in their group with an opportunity to actually win the group.However, McAllister still has moments of regret in reflecting on their Europa League campaign that has brought only one defeat, a 4-3 loss to Spartak Moscow in Russia.“If you had said to us when we played Shkupi right at the beginning [of the qualifiers], I would have said, ‘yeah’ [we have exceeded expectations],” McAllister said, according to the Scotsman.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“But as we’ve progressed, we’ve done well and got to the group stages. There’s been moments in the group, games you look back on, especially when the goal was [wrongly] disallowed in Moscow that could have put us in a different position.”“But I suppose the fact we might have been going into this game looking for a point and trying to protect something, you know what it’s like, it’s more difficult. We know what we need to do now. It’s not a case of going in there and looking for a draw, we need to win and when we’re on the front foot it probably suits us better.”“[The away record in Europe has been good] but also the performance level. The one for me is Maribor [with a scoreless draw in the second leg of the third round qualifier]. I thought we were excellent because they are a good team, Champions League pedigree.”“I was impressed with the players that night and especially from that performance the players grew and thought, ‘we can effect this competition’. The performances in Spain [with the 2-2 draw] and Moscow were both very good, although different results.”last_img

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