Misfiring Morelos

The striker will have to wait a little longer to notch his hundredth goal for Rangers but it wasn’t Alfredo Morelos’ profligacy that saw him hooked in the second half.

Sure, he missed a couple of half-chances – these things can happen, especially when not in the best of form to begin with – but it is the 25-year-old’s all-round play that will have left his manager disappointed.

There were too many slack passes against Brondby and far too many poor decisions. After improving dramatically in this regard over the last year or two, it will concern Steven Gerrard that he regressed and fell back into bad habits.

Short at the back

Leon Balogun’s goal early on in this contest was well-taken and both the Nigeria internationalist and his central defensive partner, Connor Goldson, can be pleased with their evening’s work.

Balogun was forced off midway through the second half and Gerrard will be praying it is nothing too serious. With Filip Helander already out and Jack Simpson unregistered to play in the Europa League, the Rangers boss cannot afford to be left short of any more bodies at centre-back.

Calvin Bassey came on to replace Balogun and gave a good account of himself but is a left-back by trade and it would be unfair to rely on the youngster when he’s playing out of position.

Rangers finally clicking?

It’s no secret that the Premiership champions have struggled to replicate last season’s form with a handful of key players sidelined through injury, but the win over Brondy was something approaching their best.

There was a confidence in the way the midfield shifted the ball around, the defence looked rock-solid and in truth, the victory should have been more comfortable than the two-goal margin.

There’s still room for improvement but this looked far more like the Rangers we’re used to seeing on the continent under Gerrard’s watch.