McClaren keen to extend Rangel’s QPR deal after brace at Stoke
PUBLISHED: 17:45 24 November 2018
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Defender netted twice as Rs earned a point at Potters
Steve McClaren suggested he would like to extend Angel Rangel’s stay with Queens Park Rangers after the defender netted both goals in a 2-2 draw at Stoke City in the Sky Bet Championship.
Rangel opened the scoring for the Rs in the seventh minute when heading home an Ebere Eze cross from the left.
The west Londoners, though, went into half-time level after conceding to Saido Berahino, before falling behind in the second period when Joe Allen scored.
Rangel, however, ensured QPR would return from the Potteries with a share of the spoils with a powerful finish after being played in by Eze in the 78th minute.
The former Swansea City man joined the Rs in the summer on a deal that expires in January, but it seems QPR boss McClaren is keen to extend the defender’s contract.
“We have a stipulation where we can keep Angel and he’s got that option, it’s whether he wants to stay with us or not,” said the 57-year-old.
“I think he’s been nothing short of a revelation and not just on the field - what a great lad off the field too.
“I don’t know why he was in the box and heading the ball in from there for the first; we told him to stay on the halfway line, but we’re pleased he didn’t!
“The second was a cracker, a great team goal and as long as we score, it doesn’t matter who gets them.”
QPR were perhaps a touch fortunate to take a point from the trip to Stoke after the hosts had two goals ruled out for offside, but McClaren was pleased with the visitors’ display.
“Stoke is a difficult place to come to and it was a difficult game for us with the quality they have with their players and the bench,” he added.
“What pleased me most was the way we controlled the game. We started ever so well, played football and went a goal up.
“Against the run of play, we conceded and that rocked us a bit. In the second half, we regained our courage and composure to play.
“We dominated, conceded again against the run of play, but the response from the team was tremendous.
“We never stopped, changed to a diamond formation and went for it. We got the goal, but had to hold on towards the end.”