Rangers legend Ally McCoist sees losing to Malmo as a “massive blow” as he questions the mentality of Steven Gerrard’s players in the shock loss.
Having lost the first leg of their Champions League third qualifying round tie in Sweden, the hosts looked to be cruising at Ibrox.
An Alfredo Morelos header had the Premiership champions 1-0 up before Bonke Innocent saw red for a second yellow card.
That left Rangers needing to score just once in 45 minutes against 10 men but incredibly an Antonio Colak saw them lose 2-1 as they were booed off by their own fans.
The result means question will now be raised over whether top stars will be sold, and McCoist didn’t hide from the magnitude of it after the final whistle.
He said on Premier Sports: “It is a massive blow, there is no hiding the fact.
“We spoke at half time about how good Rangers were.
“Second half they didn’t come out with the same intensity, but all the credit must go to Jon Dahl Tomasson and his Malmo side.
“Fair play to him for throwing the two forwards on, Derek and I were speaking at half time and we thought he might take one of the forwards off and maybe look to sneak it with a set play or a free-kick or a corner but they didn’t they kept their shape and kept their two men on and they were the better team in the second half, defended excellently and the two finishes from Colak.
“The first one was a phenomenal finish and no complaints I don’t think.”
As happened in Sweden, Rangers threw away the match with some abysmal defending in the second half.
McCoist lamented: “The opening 15 minutes of both second halves in the tie have proved fatal for Rangers and their downfall to be honest with you. Some of the defending has been poor.
“If you take the four halves I thought the first 45 minutes of the game here, was the only 45 minutes where Rangers really looked themselves, particularly as an attacking side.
“They weren’t creating anything like what they would and they huffed and puffed the second half, but they didn’t look as though they were going to score much or create much.
“I think the boy was incredibly unfortunate to get sent off, both of them go for the ball, both of them were high and I thought the second yellow was very harsh, but it is interesting the start of the second half Steven would have been on his team saying you must have came out with the same intensity as they did in the first half.
“I don’t know if it is a mental thing playing against 10 that they didn’t play with the same intensity and that looks as though it was the case that they switched off.
“On the flip side of the coin Malmo played exceptionally well when they went down to 10 men.”