Rangers FC exit Champions League with worst record in the competition’s history

Rangers FC exit Champions League
Rangers' return to the highest level of European football after a 12-year absence ended with a 3 - 1 loss to Ajax.

The Scottish side went on a run of six losses out of six matches in Group A, scoring twice and conceding 22 in the process. Their abysmal run makes them the worst side in the history of the UEFA Champions League group stage with 0 points and a goal difference of -20.

It was expected that the Glasgow giants would struggle after being drawn to Group A alongside Liverpool, Napoli, and Ajax. However, the manner of the exit has raised a lot of questions.

They started their campaign with a 4 – 0 defeat at the hands of Ajax in the Netherlands, before losing 3 – 0 at home to Napoli. Thereafter, they lost 2 – 0 and 7 – 1 to Liverpool at Anfield and Ibrox respectively before ending their campaign with a 3 – 1 loss to Ajax.

Rangers FC manager Giovanni van Brockhorst was disappointed with his side’s display throughout the UCL campaign.

Speaking to BT Sport, he said: “To compete against Ajax we needed to have the pressure moments but we weren’t able to create those moments. We lacked a little bit of energy to keep pressing high.

“Well, they had six days off – their league is thinking about their players. They played their last game on Wednesday and they come here really fresh.

“We, of course, we played a game and have some injuries. We tried but these are teams that are competing for several years at this level. It’s our first after 12 years.”

Rangers must now focus on their domestic league, as they trail rivals Celtic by four points after 12 matches.

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