After touching the bottom against the german OG manage to bounce back with a great point against a tough opponent. We started the game really well and even dominated the first 30min with a few great chances especially coming from Fred upfront. Eventually we got the goal we deserved to take the lead. But from there and for most of the 2nd half it was mostly all about Rangers. They dominated the ball and possession but could either not find the target or lacked of concentration in the last few meters. On top of that our MOM Chris in goal was absolutely brillant on the day. They manage to score with 20min to go and should probably have scored a few more, but they could also have lost everything has OG managed to create a few chances on the break. A very enjoyable evening as both team focused on playing football. MOM OG: No doubt it has to go to Chris.
Bonjour, That is as far as my French goes. Sadly, the result did not make up for the shortfall in my vocabulary. We played some beautiful stuff. But we also made it difficult for ourselves in the various aspects of the match. Rangers lined up with Bryer playing behind Sharples and Paddy/Fras offering the width on the wings. The movement was good, passing - at times - was good on the eye, but unfortunately for us, the last third was not quite happening. It should be said though, some sensational saves from Gregory Coupet in the French goal. Was nice to see him again since the last time I saw him pick two out the net at Celtic Park many years ago. Still a top keeper btw. Despite not coming up against the likes of Sutton and Larsson, he did have the mighty Sharples & Bryer to contend with. We conceded in the first half, credit to the French, they took their chance. On our side, we felt we could and should of managed it better. That said, it happened and we looked to focus on playing our game and finding a way through. We had several chances before half time, but were unfortunate to still go in at the break 1-0 down. Second half - we rung the changes and brought some new faces on too. No question a few surprises, however, we have to remember the league table does not lie and if we were all doing the job we believe we can deliver on, we would be in a stronger position than we are now. Looking to find the new Pele's, for every one Pele, we will have a few Chrissy Wreh's. (Was he George Weah's cousin?) Several chances came and went - eventually we got a break and Coupet was beaten by Bryer. Conveniently, Sharples - who has recorded all games since his return - deleted coverage of his goal, just as he missed his glorious header last week. Sadly for Rangers, Bryer took a knock that could have him out for a couple of weeks. Waiting on the news so fingers crossed we have him back sooner rather than later. Jordy also took a knock on the groin, but hoping it's nothing too serious at this time and we have him available for Vikings on Sat. Well done to the French for a good game. Look forward to the Cup-Semi and wishing you lads the best for the remainder of the season. Best, Stevie