Rangers would have been sent back to Glasgow on Thursday night with a shell-shocked feeling after coming away from the game with BSC Young Boys without any share of the points.
The Light Blues may have gone ahead against the run of play when Alfredo Morelos scored the opener in the first half (as per Sky Sports), but costly errors and maybe some decisions that went against the Scottish Premiership side meant the Ibrox outfit would be heading home empty-handed.
Steven Gerrard’s side gave it their best shot, as they managed to have a little more of the ball than the hosts on the night (51.9% to 48.1%), although they were reduced to just eight shots compared to the Swiss side’s 12 on the plastic astroturf pitch.
However, there was a sense that neither side could completely control the game from start to finish, which ultimately ended in the smash-and-grab win for Young Boys, as Rangers dropped down from top to bottom in their Europa League group (official website) as every team now has three points.
With a match against Hamilton Academical before the upcoming international break, Gerrard will want to see his side perform a lot better than Thursday night as he lamented the individual mistakes that cost his side points (Sky Sports).
Although there were criticisms of his players, some of which were rightly justified, one man may not have deserved any in his direction as he appeared to have a rather quiet but effective game for the Gers in the middle of the field.
Glen Kamara appeared to be able to go about his work with some excellent if understated moments as he looked to try and make things happen for the Glaswegians in midfield.
According to his personal statistics, which were collected by WhoScored, the Finland international managed to complete 88.1% of his attempted 42 passes, which led to one key pass. The 23-year-old also did his defensive duties to a rather acceptable standard as well, as he managed to achieve two tackles and one interception which led to him scoring a match rating of 6.33.
Indeed, not everybody appeared to be impressed with what the £675k-rated midfielder (TransferMarkt) contributed with on the pitch, with some of the player ratings going against him.
Rangers News scored him a six as they stated that he ‘kept things simple’ but did not have ‘enough of a cutting edge’ when it was needed, while Ibrox Noise rated him the same and simply said he was ‘reasonable’.
The Scottish Sun had Kamara at the same score of six, but they picked up on his contribution and stated it was ‘another quietly effective outing’ for the 23-year-old, whereas The Scotsman rated Kamara at a seven as they wrote: “Did a lot of great work defensively to halt promising Young Boys attacks while he typically stayed cool in possession.”
Of course, the defeat is something that will likely sting and leave a bad taste in the mouths of everyone associated with Rangers, but the Finnish midfielder looked to do his best and hardly let anybody down with his performance when compared to some of the other men to have taken to the Stade de Suisse pitch on Thursday.
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