Karel Geraerts has admitted that Union Saint-Gilloise had already missed their Champions League chances before they set foot in Glasgow. The Belgians were swept by Geofan his Bronckhorst reinforced Rangers as goals from James Stavernier, Antonio Korac and Malik Tillmann reversed last week's limping defeat at Leuven. rice field.
However, the Geraerts had keeper Jon McLaughlin decisive to stop striker Dante Vanzeir from taking a decisive 3-0 lead from him in the first leg at the Den Dreef Stadion. After making a tough stop, he thought his team's hopes were already in smoke. Gerards said:
“At that moment we played better and had the chance to score the third goal. We knew it would be difficult, I think we were very well organized, we didn't miss any chances and until just before half time one of our players had a personal mistake and the second half was the same. I don't think we gave them a lot of chances, but we gave them some away and they have great qualities against a team like this."
Union in an attempt to irritate Gelth until Sibe van der Heiden's mysterious handball just before half-time gave Tavernier a chance to start a rescue mission for Gelth. seemed to be doing well. spot. Ibrox Noise levels around the area spiked, but Geraerts believes the Rangers European noose made the difference instead of pumped-up punters.
"Until that moment, everything was under control," he said when asked about his penalties incident. “In the first 20 minutes, everyone said we were going to start very hard, so we were conscious. We controlled everything well and scored just before half-time.
“It was the same scenario in the second half. I think the players managed the atmosphere very well mentally, and like I said, they defended well and were really well organized. For 10 minutes we had the ball and Rangers lost some easily but they could have made better choices to keep the ball and keep it away from goal but it didn't work out so it was Lessons learned for the future.
"We weren't overwhelmed here, but we gave them some goals today. That's what sets us apart from an experienced team like Rangers."