Joe Aribo found the back of the net for the second consecutive game but Rangers couldn’t replicate their Europa League performance as Sunday’s draw against St Johnstone dented the title ambitions.
Aribo scored the leveler on Thursday as Rangers fought their way from behind to snatch a dramatic 3-2 home victory over Sporting Braga.
The Nigeria produced the same verve as he did against the Portuguese side in the Championship game at the McDiarmid Park on Sunday.
He scored in the 71st minute to give his side the lead after Florian Kamberi (50′) cancelled out Callum Hendry’s 8th minute opener.
However, a late drama in the 80th minute saw the hosts snatch an equalizer and forced a point off the Steven Gerrard’s side.
Gerrard said his team didn’t kill off the game when they had the chance and blamed the second goal on a recurring defensive lapse.
‘I think from a defensive point of view it was no where good enough. We have conceded two really really poor goals,’ the Rangers Boss lamented.
‘I can say am standing here shocked and surprised because it has happened too many times of late.’
‘I thought second half we were outstanding to get ourselves back level and then get ourselves in front and I should be standing here now talking about Flo Kamberi and Joe Aribo.
‘We created enough chances in the second half to kill the game off but we don’t kill it off and then again we were poor defensively for the second goal.’
🎥 REACTION: Steven Gerrard spoke to RangersTV after today’s match against St Johnstone. pic.twitter.com/exA4qqjXSp
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