Lafferty and midfielder Scott Arfield both scored in the second-half to hold the fifth-best team in last season’s La Liga, with centre-back Worrall making his full debut for the Ibrox club.
Claiming a point in such difficult surroundings left the supporters absolutely delighted at the full-time whistle, and their manager was pretty pleased with his side’s efforts too:
"It's a big result. You have to come away and try and get something."
With two home games coming up, Steven Gerrard says Rangers could be on for a terrific start 🙌 pic.twitter.com/27dSicnEx8
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 20, 2018
And when speaking to the written press, the Gers gaffer made reference to specific players:
Steven Gerrard says his side ‘more than deserved a point’ after their 2-2 draw with Villarreal
Says Kyle Lafferty’s equaliser is the reason he brought him to the club and produced a fantastic finish
Says Joe Worrall had a great debut despite putting him in right at the deep end pic.twitter.com/TfYGtETZUU
— Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) September 20, 2018
Rangers were nothing short of shambolic at times last season, but Gerrard has managed to bring in a defensive organisation that has been sorely lacking – but how far can he take his team in this competition?
Can they now seriously consider making the knockout stages a realistic aim?