Kenny Miller admits Rangers’ humiliating 4-1 Champions League defeat by Unirea Urziceni at Ibrox last night was a result “waiting to happen”.
Despite being top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, the Light Blues have been criticised for most of the season due to the poor standard of their football which was punished by the little-known Romanian side.
Rangers find themselves bottom of Group G, which also includes Sevilla – who also won 4-1 at Ibrox last month – and Stuttgart, with one point from three games.
Realistic hopes of progressing now depend on a win in Bucharest when they face Unirea again early next month.
Scotland striker Miller said: “It wasn’t a lack of concentration, we weren’t good enough – as simple as that.
“We have not been playing well as a team in the domestic campaign and that showed.
“I think a result like that was waiting to happen for us.
“There is no doubt we do have the players who can play better than that but, up until now, we have not been firing.
“We have been kind of sneaking results rather than going and winning games.
“There is obviously a lot of hard work to be done.
“We are not doing the right things as a team, not just as individuals.
“We are not playing well and we will have to rectify it quickly or we will find ourselves out of the Champions League.
“But as much as it was a shocking result for us, we are still in the group if we go over there and win and then get Stuttgart at home.
“Those next two games will shape the group.”
The Govan side got off to a dream start in less than two minutes when a Pedro Mendes shot was deflected over the head of Unirea keeper Daniel Tudor by Ricardo Vilana.
The visitors then levelled through Marius Ioan Bilasco before Steven Davis saw his penalty saved by Tudor.
Own goals from Kyle Lafferty and Lee McCulloch shortly after the break had the Ibrox fans howling in rage before Unirea midfielder Pablo Brandan completed the rout.
Bruno Fernandes, who gave away the penalty with a handball then rectified his mistake with the flick that led to Lafferty’s own goal, was diplomacy personified and claimed the Ibrox side still have a chance of qualifying out of the group.
“It wasn’t easy,” he said.
“If Rangers had put the ball in the net with the penalty, it might have been difficult for us.
“Our keeper was inspired and that gave us confidence and we believed that we could get something.
“But we are never favourites for second place.
“I don’t think Rangers are out of the running.
“Sevilla have nine points so Rangers, Stuttgart and ourselves will fight for second and we all still have a chance.
“I’m almost sure what happened (last night) will not happen in the next game.
“Rangers will be more cautious and it will be much more difficult for us to win there or even to draw.”