Steven Gerrard: Rangers' Champions League loss to Malmo was due to fear and panic


Steven Gerrard believes Rangers were overcome by panic and fear as they failed to save their Champions League qualifier against Malmo at Ibrox.

After trailing 2-1 in the first leg, where they had lost two quick goals in Sweden after the break, Colombia's striker Alfredo Morelos equalized the tie in 18 minutes when he scored a Ryan Kent goal. Rangers appeared to be winning the third qualifier when Malmo's midfielder BonkeInnocent was dismissed just before the break However, two stunning goals from Malmo striker Antonio Colak early in the second half gave the Swedish side a 4-2 aggregate victory which should embarrass the Scottish champions, who have now lost three games in a row. After the loss, Gerrard said that "We tried to keep the heat up after being 2-1 down" to Premier Sports. "You need to be open to trying new things. A little fear and panic set in. Instead of staying calm and playing through, we started to put our hopes into the box. The Rangers have lost three of the four games they played. That is something we are very aware of. Now is the time to get up and start again. "The worst thing about it is that we lost the second-half 2-0 to 10 Men. We were weak defensively at the restart. It is impossible to cover that up. These situations require us to be more effective. "We were made to pay for the ball being out-of-play and two throw-in situations. We haven't done enough defensively. "If you don't protect restarts from situations well when you play in teams at this level, you will be punished," we know. "I felt that when he had it, we were going round and round rather than trying to pin down their defenders or be more spiteful about our passing. "Reality is that you cannot concede two goals in the first and two in second legs at this level. You make it very difficult for yourself." "Every expectation Rangers would win" Sky Sports' Kris Boyd : "Rangers at the half-time, with the man advantage, the goal, and level in tie, you'd think they would come out [and win], but Malmo have many experienced players in their team, and they needed it. "Colak at the front scored two great goals, but the second one Leon Balogun has no excuse for. He's going to need someone protecting him from the throw-in. Colak turns as soon as the ball is in his hands. Joe Aribo attempts to return it but it's an amazing turn and finishes. "Rangers didn’t create much in half-time." They seem like a team who huffs and puffs for the majority of the game."

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