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RANGERS defender Marvin Andrews last night blamed a lack of bottle as the reason for his side's latest European disaster.

The Trinidadian also called for a show of character to ensure the domestic season doesn't end up alongside the ashes of a shambolic season in Europe.

Andrews said: 'The occasion overawed some of the boys and you could see we were nervous. We never gave ourselves a chance. It was there for us to go through.

'It's a massive disappointment but it wasn't to be and that's football. We were optimistic and losing the opening goal so early destroyed everything.

'It was from our set-piece which makes it even more disappointing.You could see how unsettled the players became and it was the same story with the second goal.'

Andrews has also urged Jean-Alain Boumsong to remain at the club despite interest from Newcastle, but admitted his defensive partner was out of sorts against his former club.

He said: 'I can't say the reason why he performed the way he did but I really hope he stays as I really enjoy playing alongside him.He has a big decision to make but I can't comment on the transfer speculation as that is a question for Jean-Alain.He has to make the choice for himself and his family.

'It is more important now we make sure we rise to the occasion to make sure the guys look to the big game on Sunday. This result will make it even harder but we must work hard to come back.'

Auxerre scorer Bonaventura Kalou also admitted nerves played a part in the Ibrox side's downfall.

He said: 'We knew when we arrived it would be difficult as it's never easy at Ibrox but I believe we were the better side defensively and had the better attackers.

'Rangers were unsure at times and that gave us confidence. Iwas allowed quite a bit of space for my goals which was a surprise but I can't complain. They had a man prepared to mark me but I face that every week in France.'

Kalou had words of comfort for Boumsong whom he rates highly.

He said:'I think he is one of the best defenders in the world and I wish him a lot of success. I am aware there is talk about his future but that's his business.'