Tam McManus reacts as Rangers beat Sparta Prague in the Europa League

Tam McManus has heaped praises on Rangers after their 2-1 Europa League victory against Sparta Prague on 9 November, lauding the influence of manager Philippe Clement on the side.

The pundit claimed the Ibrox side deserved to take all three points after a very good display which saw them hold on to their lead despite some late pressure after controlling the game.

He went ahead to insist the result would be good for the Scottish football coefficient for European qualification after Aberdeen earned a 2-2 draw against Greek side PAOK earlier the same day.

McManus took to Twitter to share his reaction as he wrote:

“Thought Rangers were very good at Ibrox and deserved the win. Totally different team under Clement. Also a fantastic result for the coefficient. Not a bad night for Scottish football.”

The scoreline makes it look like it was a closely-fought, tight game for the hosts, but that is far from the story of the night. Had Rangers taken their chances, it could have been 4-1 or even more, while the visitors managed to pull one back with their only real chance of the game.

Rangers were able to dominate the flow of the game for the majority other than the added time which became tight as the pressure ramped up, and should be proud of their display.

The fight and passion on show matched up to the top performances of most of the players, and the improvement under Clement from the days not so long ago under Michael Beale was stark.

A clear style and plan, top individual displays and a big result will have fans feeling like the darker days were a figment of their imagination. What Clement is doing is clear, and leaves plenty to get excited about, and there is still more to come from this team.m



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