Former Scotland elite defender Stephen Craigan believes Rangers have faced the reality of what it means to be in the Champions League following their loss to Lyon.
The start of their Europa League campaign started on a disappointing note for Gers who were beaten 2-0 by Ligue 1 in midweek.
After winning their Europa League group last season, Rangers will now need to make a meaningful comeback to achieve the same feat this time around.
Craigan believes the loss to Lyon should serve as a lesson for Rangers on what it will take for them to reach the Champions League as he believes the French side are of a caliber where they would be comfortable in the competition.
The former Scottish Premiership defender has advised Rangers not to let the disappointment of the loss hang over their heads and instead use him as a guide to do better in the weeks to come.
“What the 2-0 Europa League loss to Lyon on Thursday night highlighted for Rangers is that taking European football to the next level is going to be a huge demand for the club and the current players.”, Craigan wrote in his Belfast Telegraph column.
“Lyon, in all honesty, wouldn’t look out of place in the Champions League and I have no doubt that they will be back next season with the quality they have.
“Rangers aspire to return to the top division of European football, but Lyon have been a revelation and a reality check of what is required.
“However, rather than feeling sorry for themselves, they should use disappointment as a motivation to improve in all aspects.”
Rangers have failed in their quest to reach the Champions League group stage and will now have to work hard to get out of their Europa League group, but they will look to work things out when they face Sparta Prague in the end. of the month.