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Rangers supporters have been pretty disappointed in recent times after seeing their side suffer a first Europa League defeat of the season on Thursday night.

Steven Gerrard’s men went into their clash with Spartak Moscow having picked up a win and two draws from their opening three group stage matches, and thus in a good position to qualify for the last 32. Yet the Gers were unable to maintain their unbeaten start to their group stage campaign despite three times taking the lead in the Russian capital on Thursday night, eventually losing 4-3 to slip to third place in the group.

Thus, there have been many despondent Light Blues fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent comments from BBC Scotland’s Alasdair Lamont, who has underlined the one thing Rangers must do if they are to qualify for the knockout stages, namely ‘improve defensively’.

And after another difficult night at the back in Moscow on Thursday, taking their goals against tally to seven from their four group stage games, Lamont is absolutely right to underline the defensive problems as holding the key to their knockout hopes.

Ultimately, Gerrard’s early success at Ibrox was chiefly down to his side’s excellent defensive record, what with the Gers keeping five clean sheets in their eight Europa League qualifying matches, and conceding just one in each of the other three games.

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