First Team

Mixed emotions for Craig

7th October 2018

Craig Levein says he’s proud of his players for giving their all in today’s 3-1 loss at Rangers, but disappointed in the manner in which they conceded so early

The Jambos gave themselves a mountain to climb by conceding twice in the opening 12 minutes, and went in 3-0 down at the break.

Despite being reduced to ten men early in the second half when Michael Smith received a second yellow, the heads didn’t drop and Jimmy Dunne headed one back, and had it not been for the heroics of Allan McGregor in Rangers’ goal, the scoreline could’ve been very different.

“I'm proud of the players for the way they knuckled down and went for the whole 90 minutes,” said Craig. “They didn't give up, kept pushing and trying to play and create chances.

“On the other hand, I'm disappointed we gifted Rangers goals early in the match and didn't score when we had opportunities.

“I'm happy with some things and not so with others.

“I think we had as good chances as I've ever had coming to Ibrox. Allan McGregor has made a couple of fantastic saves.

“I think the stats will say not much in possession or chances, and we had 40 minutes with ten men. I think shots on target were six to four.

“We shot ourselves in the foot today and gave Rangers the impetus they needed early in the match.

“Once we scored and got it back to 3-1, you saw how nervous Rangers were. They had the extra man and just punted long because they got nervous.

“I just wish we had 11 men on the field for those last 20 minutes or so.”