Johan Derksen will have certainly riled up everyone associated with Rangers as he gave them a damning verdict, despite overcoming Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday night.
In quotes picked up by the Daily Record, the former Go Ahead Eagles, Cambuur Leeuwarden, BV Veendam, HFC Haarlem and MVV Maastricht defender in the 60s and 70s (who subsequently turned to journalism once his playing days were over), slammed Steven Gerrard’s side as he said they were “hopeless” and “can’t play football”.
“Feyenoord were hopeless, but the sad thing was Rangers were hopeless too. The atmosphere at Ibrox was very intimidating and Feyenoord allowed themselves to be scared of the atmosphere,” he said.
“If you can’t deal with pressure then you have no chance against Rangers. Feyenoord were overwhelmed physically. Rangers can’t play football, but they are physical.
“The players of Rangers had a passion when they went on the park that you just don’t see in Dutch football. I don’t think Feyenoord won a tackle in the first half. And if you don’t do that, you fail.”
To say Derksen has been anything but controversial since becoming involved with media would be putting it rather lightly.
Holland Times have previously noted how the former footballer is like ‘a force of nature’ who had the ability to make ‘solid things become unhinged, feathers are ruffled and sacred cows get slaughtered’.
Indeed, it appears he is looking to stay in character (or maybe that is just who is?) and Rangers have been thrown into his rather outlandish remarks – at least he managed to criticise his own country’s side as well.
But, to say Rangers can’t play football and, perhaps, rely on physicality would be raising quite a few eyebrows – and not only in Glasgow and at Ibrox.
Steven Gerrard’s side have had an exceptional start to life this season, having lost just one match in their 15 of the current campaign so far (Transfermarkt) – something that would have been difficult to achieve by being just “physical”.
Derksen just sounds annoyed that Feyenoord did not play well and was looking to try and soften the blow to the Eredivisie outfit by suggesting Rangers should never have beaten them.
Those thoughts are ridiculous and, surely, the Light Blues and Gerrard will be looking to use them when they head to Holland for their meeting with the Dutch outfit at the end of November.
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