Cyriel Dessers Has Opened Up About First Season in Rangers Colors

Rangers striker Cyriel Dessers has opened up about feeling like a scapegoat during his first season with the club, despite a respectable goalscoring record, according to The Scottish Sun.

The 29-year-old Nigerian forward netted 22 goals and provided eight assists in all competitions for the Gers under manager Philippe Clement. However, Rangers fell short in both the Scottish Premiership and League Cup, ultimately surrendering the titles to their rivals, Celtic.

Dessers faced criticism throughout the season for missing chances, and he addressed the negativity he encountered.

“There were times I felt like the scapegoat,” Dessers said. “I only came in the summer, but suddenly everything seemed like my fault. It was tough because I was just adapting to a new country, club, and league. I was still putting together furniture and figuring out my TV when people were already writing me off, calling me the worst player ever at Rangers.”

The former Feyenoord player admitted the criticism from Rangers fans was particularly hurtful.

“It hurts when it’s your own fans,” Dessers continued. “Strikers thrive on love. No player performs better when being whistled off the pitch. With a little love, you grow and improve.”

Despite the challenges, Dessers believes this season served as a valuable learning experience and is optimistic about the future.

“I’m not worried,” he stated. “With a bit more luck next season, those missed chances will go in, and my numbers will be even better. The scrutiny on missed chances is intense, but I choose to focus on the positives and what I’ve achieved. That’s a good lesson for everyone, not just in football.”