Rangers’ Europa League run came to an end on Thursday night as they were beaten 2-0 by Slavia Prague at Ibrox, with Steven Gerrard’s side going down to nine men in the second half.
Peter Olayinka gave the away side the lead with a powerful header in the first half before Kemar Roofe was sent off just minutes after coming on in the second half as he dangerously collided with the Slavia Prague goalkeeper.
Leon Balogun was then shown a second yellow card after a late tackle, with Nicolae Stanciu putting the tie to bed with a wonderful effort from the resulting free-kick.
It was Rangers’ first defeat at Ibrox in just over a year, and whilst Gerrard will be disappointed with the manner in which they lost, especially after earning a 1-1 draw in the Czech Republic, the Gers should be proud of the excellent run they had in the competition.
Although it was a largely disappointing performance from Gerrard’s side, Glen Kamara can come away with a lot of credit as he produced another excellent display despite the defeat.
As per SofaScore, the former Dundee man earned an impressive 7.1 rating for his display – the best of any Rangers player on the night. The 25-year-old completed 45 of his 50 passes, resulting in an excellent 90% pass accuracy rate, which is slightly above the 88.3% he averaged in the Europa League in total this season.
It was also the joint-most with Joe Aribo for the most key passes played by any Rangers player, which is slightly surprising when considering Kamara is usually more of a defensive-minded midfielder.
The Finnish international was typically solid from a defensive outlook, as he won five of his eight duels during the game, whilst he also contributed three clearances, two interceptions and one tackle in the 90 minutes, per SofaScore.
Therefore, you could definitely argue that Kamara was unfortunate to be on the losing side on Thursday night, and he was perhaps let down by Roofe after his reckless red card all but ended Rangers’ hopes, as with the 25-year-old playing well and 11 men on the pitch, it would have been difficult to rule out Gerrard’s side getting an equaliser.