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Two players stood out, changing pace, creating overloads and getting the most out of Alfredo Morelos

As a snapshot of how new coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst wants the Rangers to perform, Thursday's Europa League win against Sparta Prague offered fans a seductive glimpse into what they could experience under the Dutchman's leadership. (Author: Gardener)

Alfredo MorelosAs a snapshot of how new coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst wants the Rangers to perform, Thursday's Europa League win against Sparta Prague offered fans a seductive glimpse into what they could experience under the Dutchman's leadership. © Giovanni van Bronckhorst reacts as a professional in Rangers' 2-0 win against Sparta Prague at Ibrox ... He may have only had two days of training with the squad he inherited from Steven Gerrard, but the changes that van Bronckhorst announced will try to implement their style of play, which was already evident in the 2-0 win at Ibrox, which secured the Rangers place in the knockout phase of the tournament with one round to go. While openly admitting that he instinctively believes in the 4-3-3 system that Gerrard generally favored throughout the former English captain's tenure, van Bronckhorst immediately displayed a tactical flexibility that was different from a group of players who had trouble immediately paying off to find their best form since the start of this season together. With Steven Davis and Glen Kamara as defensive midfielders in front of the central defenders Connor Goldson and Calvin Bassey - the latter impressed as substitute for the injured Leon Balogun - it gave the full-backs James Tavernier and Borna Barisic all the freedom they needed to plunge down the flanks. © Nathan Patterson made a brilliant contribution to the Rangers as a substitute for Sparta Prague when he ... It was van Bronckhorst's adaptation to the advanced midfield trio that perhaps had the greatest impact on the performance of a team with so little momentum and direction in the 3-1 loss to Hibs in the semi-finals of the Premier Sports Cup in Hampden four days earlier. Joe Aribo was used by Gerrard as a right player, either in midfield or in the attacking trio of his 4-3-3 line-up. Van Bronckhorst's decision to play Aribo in the central role of "Number 10" paid off well. His contribution enabled Alfredo Morelos to do exactly what van Bronckhorst wanted the Colombian striker to do - to stay in and around the opponent's penalty area rather than delving deeper to try to connect the game. It was also more important that the two broad men of the attacking midfield trio - this time Ianis Hagi and Ryan Kent - stay as close to the sidelines as possible and, as van Bronckhorst says, create more "one-on-one" and overloads ". The Rangers showed a more dynamic performance that was sustained when Nathan Patterson and Fashion Sakala filled those broader positions in the second half. Patterson seemed more than comfortable in a role that could provide the solution to giving the exciting Scottish international more regular time in the coming months.

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Rangers defeated Sparta Prague and reached the second round of the Europa League in Giovanni van Bronckhorst's first game

Rangers - Sparta Prague 2-0: The new boss ends the work of his predecessor Steven Gerrard (Author: Gardener)

Sparta PragueGiovanni Van Bronckhorst led the Rangers in his first competitive game in the knockout round of the Europa League. A double from Alfredo Morelos gave the Rangers a 2-0 win over Sparta Prague in front of 48,370 fans at the Ibrox. The win kept the Rangers out of sight of Brondby before their final game against Group A winners Lyon, and their 2-1 aggregate result against Sparta means the Czech side cannot level a three-point deficit can. Morelos ended a resounding move in the 15th minute and headed a present four minutes into the second half. The Rangers missed opportunities to lose sight of the game and it took Van Bronckhorst a spectacular one-two save from former Ibrox team-mate Allan McGregor to maintain the two-goal lead. Van Bronckhorst made two changes after watching the Rangers exit the Premier Sports Cup from the Hampden stands on Sunday. Ianis Hagi also came on for Scott Arfield, while Steven Gerrard moved to the 4-3-3 formation for the vast majority of his tenure. Van Bronckhorst started with Steven Davis and Glen Kamara in central midfield, Hagi and Ryan Kent outside and Joe Aribo just behind striker Morelos. The home side started off brilliantly and Aribo hit the crossbar after Kent shot past two defenders and held the ball back. The start came after James Tavernier discovered Hagi's run into the right channel. The Romanian international helped the ball inside for Morelos, who swept home for the first time from 18 meters. Aribo soon had another big chance after a similar move, but with a side foot it went only a few inches as Hagi's flank bounced invitingly around the six-yard line. McGregor was forced to a good post stop with his foot by Martin Minchev after Kent was beaten on the bye line. Kent had an excellent chance of doubling the lead when he wiped his marker to run on Connor Goldson's diagonal ball. The center-back attempted a high square pass over Morelos' head but only managed to get the Colombian to head from 10 yards. The Rangers soon cleared when Hagis Pass threw Kent away, but the winger's shot was blocked by goalkeeper Dominik Halec while Morelos searched for a square ball. Morelos saw a shot blocked after catching Aribo's low cross between his feet and headed just over after his teammate returned the ball. Nathan Patterson replaced Hagi on the right flank before Aribo missed another excellent chance after being set up by Kent. At around the 70-minute mark, Sparta suddenly began creating opportunities. Adam Karabec saw a weak defense and then headed on both sides of Adam Hlozec, who stormed from 16 meters, just missed the goal. The Rangers looked ragged and McGregor came to their rescue with an excellent dive stop after a header before rescuing the follow-up with his leg while he was on the ground.

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Morelos Bracket sends Rangers through

A brace from Alfredo Morelos gives Giovanni van Bronckhorst a debut victory as Rangers coach and sends his team into the knockout round of the Europa League at Sparta Prague's expense. (Author: Gardener)

RangersA brace from Alfredo Morelos gave Giovanni van Bronckhorst a debut victory as Rangers coach and sent his team into the knockout round of the Europa League at Sparta Prague's expense. The win, along with Brondby's loss to Lyon, means the Rangers are guaranteed to finish second in Group A thanks to a superior head-to-head record against Sparta. The Scottish champions face one of eight teams leaving the Champions League by two legs in February to reach a place in the Europa League round of 16, with their last group game against section winners Lyon on the 9th. Van Bronckhorst came after Steven Gerrard's departure joined Aston Villa for the first time as the new Rangers boss and enjoyed watching his side take a comfortable win. Joe Aribo hit the crossbar, then missed the crossbar from close range, and four minutes into the second half, the Rangers got the crucial second goal they needed to make up their head-to-head deficit. Panak crossed straight for Morelos when Sparta tried to play from behind and the Colombian happily headed in to become the fifth highest scorer in Europa League history. The Rangers fought their way to victory despite a late Sparta whirlwind when Allan McGregor put down a spectacular one-two save against Ladislav Krejci and Matěj Pulkrab. With only a few days to work with the players since their 3-1 defeat in the Scottish League Cup semi-finals to Hibernian, it was likely for Van Bronckhorst that he would not make any major changes. However, he changed form to a 4-2-3-1, with Aribo playing as the central number 10 with Kent on the left and Hagi on the right. The latter pair stretched the game wide while Aribo had three good scoring opportunities after making good runs from his central position. The offensive form allowed the Rangers to be more direct, brutally exposing the gaping space left in the canals by the Sparta defenses. It was a generous offer from the visitors that sometimes pushed the Rangers back and prevented them from playing through the middle. However, it was a great start for Van Bronckhorst who was thrown into an important game due to a difficult result and quickly got the necessary reaction. Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst on BT Sport: “We were in the game from the very first minute. We pushed them with a good rhythm and created opportunities. “We created enough chances in the first half to win the game. The Rangers are on their way to Livingston on Sunday (12:00 GMT) for Van Bronckhorst's first Scottish Premiership game at the helm. * Rangers have won two of the last three in Europe (U1) after having only one win in the last eight (U2, 5 incl. * Sparta Prague has lost three Europa League games in a row (excl. * Rangers have five Goals in their last three European games, one more than in the last eight (four incl. * Alfredo Morelos has scored 13 goals in European competitions for the Rangers (without qualification), the highest of any player in the club's history, on a par with Ralph Marke .

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Giovanni van Bronckhorst's team qualifies for the knockout round of the Europa League

Match report when Rangers Spart defeated Prague 2-0 and reached the play-offs of the knockout round of the Europa League; Giovanni van Bronckhorst's first competitive game ends with a win; Alfredo Morelos secured second place in Group A behind Lyon with a double victory before the end of the game (Author: Gardener)

the Europa LeagueThe Rangers secured their place in the play-offs of the knockout round of the Europa League after Alfredo Morelos put his brace to start the Giovanni van Bronckhorst era with a 2-0 win against Sparta Prague at the Ibrox . Van Bronckhorst, watching from the dugout for the first time, got the hosts off to a great start and took the lead in the 15th minute thanks to Morelos' first goal. The visitors gave Morelos his second game right after the restart, but Rangers missed a number of chances in the second half to lose sight of the game. It took Van Bronckhorst a spectacular one-two save from former Ibrox team-mate Allan McGregor to maintain the Rangers' two-goal lead. The win ensures the Rangers, who will face a team that finished third in their Champions League group in the new year’s Europa League restart, ahead of their final game against Group A winners, Lyon, disappeared from the eyes of Brondby - and their 2: 1 total score against Sparta means that the Czech team cannot make up a three-point deficit. The home side got off to a brilliant start and Joe Aribo hit the bar after Ryan Kent slipped past two defenders and hit the ball back. The Romanian international helped the ball inside for Morelos, who swept home for the first time from 18 meters. Aribo soon had another big chance after a similar move, but with his side foot only inches off as Hagi's flank bounced invitingly around the six-yard line. McGregor was forced to a good post stop with his foot by Martin Minchev after Kent was beaten on the bye line. Kent had an excellent chance of doubling the lead when he wiped his marker to run on Connor Goldson's diagonal ball. The center-back attempted a high square pass over Morelos' head but only managed to get the Colombian to head from 10 yards. The Rangers soon cleared when Hagis Pass threw Kent away, but the winger's shot was blocked by goalkeeper Dominik Halec while Morelos searched for a square ball. Morelos saw a shot held between his feet after a low cross from Aribo and headed just over after his teammate returned the ball. Nathan Patterson replaced Hagi on the right flank before Aribo missed another excellent chance after being set up by Kent. At around the 70-minute mark, Sparta suddenly began creating opportunities. Adam Karabec saw a weak defense and then headed on both sides of Adam Hlozec, who stormed from 16 meters, just missed the goal. The Rangers looked ragged and McGregor came to their rescue with an excellent dive stop after a header before rescuing the follow-up with his leg while he was on the ground. “We were in the game from the very first minute. “We put pressure on with a good rhythm of the game and created opportunities. "We built enough chances in the first half to win the game in the first half. The Rangers have won two of their last three in Europe (U1) after having only one win in the previous eight (U2, 5 including Sparta Prague have lost) "for the first time since September 2016 three games in a row in the UEFA Europa League (without qualification) (also 3 in total) The Rangers have scored five goals in their last three European games, one more than in the last eight (4 incl. Morelos.) has scored 13 goals in European competitions for the Rangers (excl. He has scored 13 goals in the UEFA Europa League since the beginning of 2018/19, only Munas Dabbur (17), Bruno Fernandes (16) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (14) can do better during this time, while Van Bronckhorst's team will come to Lyon for the last group game of the Europa League on Thursday, December 9th (kick-off at 5.45pm).

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Giovanni van Bronckhorst starts perfectly, Alfredo Morelos brings the Rangers twice into the last sixteen

In his first game as manager of the Rangers Giovanni van Bronckhorst could hardly have made a better start. A loud welcome back to the floor where h (Author: Gardener)

Giovanni van BronckhorstIn his first game as manager of the Rangers Giovanni van Bronckhorst could hardly have made a better start. A resounding welcome back to the pitch where he played two decades ago, three valuable points and a result that will ensure his team advance to the second round of the Europa League: What was all the excitement about? As every observer of the Ibrox Club knows, the mood can change from one day to the next, and Van Bronckhorst is plagued by adversity, which he would have gladly taken with him when he left Hampden on Sunday evening. After watching from the stands how the Premier Sports Cup semi-final defeat to Hibs plunged the Rangers into mini-crisis, this was the debut he longed for. One goal, a brilliant attack and, if you believe it, two goals from Alfredo Morelos: The Rangers are in full swing under the new coach. Van Bronckhorst must have wondered what he would expect from the spirited Colombian striker when he saw him sulk at the National Stadium last weekend, but here he was, back to his best soap opera with a double that once again silenced his critics . A crowded and noisy Ibrox cheered Van Bronckhorst to the core After losing 1-0 in Prague two months ago, the Rangers had to improve on that result to finish second in their group. A late attack by the visiting team cast serious doubts, but a miraculous double save from Allan McGregor allowed them to hold their own and the manager's name reverberated around the stadium full-time. Ibrox was packed for Van Bronckhorst's bow. The new manager cheered all four stands before picking up his pace on the edge of the technical area. The first-team coach Roy Makaay sometimes showed up to offer advice to the strikers while Arno Phillips and Yori Bosschaart watched. The entry of a new manager always exerts a certain fascination. Sometimes it takes weeks and months to create a new pattern, but there was a distinct difference here. Most noticeable was the advanced role of Joe Aribo, who was a close supporter of Morelos as number 10, while Ryan Kent and Ianis Hagi were the wingers in a 4-2-3-1 lineup. Aribo seemed to be enjoying the new strategy. The run was timed perfectly, the shot fell a little too high, although the midfielder was unlucky enough to fly past the crossbar. There were a little fewer of the marauding full-backs so popular with Steven Gerrard's teams, but Hagi didn't seem to mind, especially as he set up the opening goal. James Tavernier's through pass seemed to escape the Romanian, but he slipped in before his marker and hooked a pass inside. There Morelos stroked the ball in the lower left corner. There was more of Hagi and Aribo, the combination of which should have got the Rangers two up to break. When Hagi picked his teammate with a ball over the penalty area, the Nigerian international had to struggle with his rebound to adjust his body. Only once in the first half did Sparta threaten with a goal when Lukas Haraslin turned the ball off the line. Martin Minchev scored well, but McGregor blocked with his legs. Within seconds of the restart, Connor Goldson's long diagonal was picking out Kent, who molded his shot around the far post. Then a howler of defensive failure gave the Rangers their second. Heaven only knows what Filip Panak was thinking when he shot the ball over his own box, straight to Morelos, who looked as surprised as anyone at the header. When Hagi Kent let go, the winger stormed forward but was caught by the advancing goalkeeper. Then Morelos had saved a shot and a header that was too high. The three points were safe, but a late goal for Sparta would have kept them in the battle for second place. Not only did he save Ladislav Krejci's header, he also somehow blocked the rebound with his legs. The goalkeeper will have enjoyed it almost as much as his new coach.

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Gio van Bronckhorst marks the return of the rangers with a kiss from the chef when cravings return

Whatever he cooked behind closed doors at Auchenhowie, the Rangers turned against Sparta Prague. (Author: Gardener)

Gio van Bronckhorst marksIt turns out that Giovanni van Bronckhorst isn't just a manager with pretty serious credentials. Because within a few days from a team that had lost their hunger to a team that was hungry to win football games again. This was so much more than just the two-goal win it took to make it through to the Europa League knockout round. Yes there was a couple of jiggles, one in the middle of the first half and another towards the end of the second, but by then the job was done. Sparta Prague was polished, engulfed by two gates of the voracious Alfredo Morelos. That the striker looked back in the mood to wreak havoc suggests van Bronckhorst has been careful about his time since taking the reins. All over the court, his players looked newly discovered and rejuvenated. By the final whistle, after a double save from Allan McGregor who defied faith, they had reconnected with a home support that was in danger of losing patience. Van Bronckhorst had promised to make big changes to the team that Steven Gerrard had left behind. Without the injured Leon Balogun, he called on Calvin Bassey to step in on the left side of the central defense - just as Gerrard did in September when these two teams met in the Czech capital. Skipper James Tavernier kept his place with Connor Goldson despite causing so much trouble over the weekend when he wasn't hungry to bite in the second half of Hibs. And the misfire Morelos kept his place in attack, even though he looked like he'd spent the first four months of the season biting almost everything but the opponent. Ianis Hagi also started at Scott Arfield's expense, but the team still looked more familiar than many would have expected. In fact, the Rangers started at such a rapid pace and intensity that they could have won the tie in the first 22 minutes. They tore through Sparta's last line in the first 10 seconds when Tavernier slid an excellent ball over the line to set Morelos moving. The Colombian thundered past his husband and then whipped a flat cross for Ryan Kent, only that keeper Dominik Holec was able to intercept just in time. Kent then left four Czechs for dead in a barrage of passed out and climaxes before bringing the ball back for Aribo, whose first shot almost cracked the top of the bar as he shot up and down. Tavernier started again with an extremely well dosed through pass to bring Hagi behind. He also played his part, sliding on it to get the ball in the way of Morelos, who swept a first shot home from 16 yards to complete a stunning move. And when Tavernier split Sparta again, with a perfectly chipped passport in Hagi's path, another great opportunity came and went. This time he threw a cross, and although Aribo looked like a sure thing, the ball wobbled as he made the connection and again his attempt flew over the top. But that was all that van Bronckhorst would have hoped for. Then, out of nowhere, an unexpected horror at the other end seemed to plunge the Rangers back into a fragile state of self-confidence. Yes, McGregor saved the day by kicking out his left boot to direct a shot around his post. It didn't return until just before half-time when Van Bronckhorst got the chance to bring her back into the game for another talk. Rangers reappeared with a leap in their crotch, chasing the Czechs and pushing them deep into their own territory. Kent got close in just two minutes when he fit in on a Goldson pass and shot a right footed shot over the goal and past Holec's left post. But this high-paced restart shocked Sparta again and in 48 minutes they spectacularly self-destructed. Again, as the Rangers players darted around them, panic set in, or Filip Panak gave him his real name. He tried to hover a pass over his own six-yard box, where Morelos was lurking to nod into an empty net. With Panak's senses now completely muddled, he presented Kent with the next big chance in 50 minutes, but as he raced on goal, he cracked a shot that Holec held off well. The goalkeeper made another stop to deny Morelos a hat trick shortly after an hour after a smooth, peppy move. Kent then set up another huge opportunity for Aribo, but the midfielder cleared the bar again when he should have sealed the deal. It made for a tense finale, but the Rangers survived a series of horrors before McGregor came up with a stunning double save to fend off Jakub Pesek and Matej Pulkrab's quick header shots - the first out of the way with one hand and the next clearing with one Boots. But that was the night the Rangers suddenly remembered what they used to be about.

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The new Rangers boss Van Bronckhorst praised his players after the European victory

Giovanni van Bronckhorst praised key players at both ends of the park as Alfredo Morelos and Allan McGregor teamed up to bring Rangers into the knockout stage of the Europa League for a third straight season. (Author: Gardener)

RangersGiovanni van Bronckhorst praised key players at both ends of the park as Alfredo Morelos and Allan McGregor teamed up to bring Rangers into the knockout stage of the Europa League for a third straight season. The new Ibrox boss got off to a successful start in his reign, tweaking his team's line-up after seeing them humiliated by Hibs in Sunday's Premier Sports Cup semifinals. On a night when Morelos scored two goals to increase his goals for Rangers to 27, McGregor scored a miraculous late double save to secure the two-goal win they needed for a play-off Round needed. Van Bronckhorst is now looking forward to dropping a team eliminated from the Champions League group stage and pays tribute to a goalkeeper who was on Ibrox's books 20 years ago when the Dutchman played for the club. "He's amazing," said the former Barcelona and Arsenal full-back. “You see a lot of experienced goalkeepers. And today he had some very important saves. ”Van Bronckhorst also announced that he had directed Morelos, who had been looking lost and struggling for motivation in recent weeks, to focus on what he did best - in a central one Remaining role and pursuing goals. "I think he did really well," said the new gaffer. “He's a striker who can be dangerous. I wanted him to play more towards the box. “Sometimes he wants to dive deep into midfield, but with the wingers we have, we should always create opportunities from crosses. “I think that was a good look at my ideas. The way we played today, we had the best chance of playing the game. “With the wingers we have and the full-backs we have, we can move forward at the right time and also control the game. "If we attack we have to think about what happens, we lose the ball." I think we had it all. We were in the game from the first minute, put pressure on, had a good rhythm and created opportunities. “We created enough in the first half to win the game. ‘They kept pushing for victory. “Of course the guys were down after Sunday, but they were also determined to get a good result. “The clean sheet is always good. Because we know that we always create opportunities with the way we play. “But if you see all the chances we have, it shouldn't have been close in the end. Seasoned midfielder Steven Davis added: “We knew it was going to be a difficult game but we were very happy with our start. “We might have to dig deep towards the end when they threw bodies forward. But we're happy to get a result and get through. We want to win domestic cups. But we were very happy about this reaction after the weekend. “After Sunday's game, it's easy to point a finger. We as players have to take responsibility for this. “But it was important to show a reaction.” Former Rangers forward Ally McCoist, on TV service for BT Sport, said, “It should have been four or five. “I thought the Rangers played pretty well in both halves for 30 minutes. They've disappeared a bit in the last 15 minutes of both halves. “But make no mistake - it's an excellent result - and that's the most important thing. ‘Morelos will love his two goals. They needed this result for morale, for the fans, the players and in Gio's first game, especially after what happened over the weekend. “We knew Lyon were by far the best team in the group, so it was a matter of taking second place.

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Leicester - Legia Warsaw, Rangers - Sparta Prague

Get the latest on a busy night of European football with West Ham, Celtic, Leicester and the Rangers in action (Author: Gardener)

Leicester - Legia WarsawThis website uses cookies for analysis, personalized content and advertising. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Get the latest on a busy night of European football with West Ham, Celtic, Leicester and the Rangers in action. It looks like the King Power is shrouded in a sudden mist ... but in reality it's smoke from torches lit by Legia fans. Perez, who was recently introduced as a sub, persuades Barnes to walk down to the right. Once inside the box, Barnes picks up his left foot again and unleashes a powerful shot that a defender is good at parrying. Two minutes later Barnes is back inside, this time with clever passports with Daka ... "When I saw the game Rangers-Sparta Prague, I noticed that Roy Makaay was sitting next to Giovanni van Bronckhorst in the Ibrox shelter," coos Peter Oh. “I would like to thank both of them for great memories of great goals and impressive football moments in their playing time. Rangers 2-0 Sparta (Morelos 48) What a ridiculous goal! An absolutely ridiculous mistake in the back of Sparta gives the Rangers a goal and possibly a place in the knockout round! A defender banged the ball in front of his own goal and gave Morelos a simple header from close range into the net! Alfredo Morelos finds the network for his second of the evening. Photo: Scott Heppell / AP Monaco lead Group B 2-1 at home against Sociedad. And in the Europa Conference League, those glorious Norwegian invaders, Bodo-Glimt, are back above the Roma and on the automatic qualifying spot as they beat CSKA Sofia 1-0 at halftime. Leicester and Rangers played well in the first half, taking valuable but precarious leads. Two goals are also not enough for Leicester, as Legia has threatened every now and then and there is still some nervousness in the home defense. Sloppy Defense of Leicester! Amartey and Soyuncu hesitated when an attacker spun past them in the box. But Soyuncu recovered well and shot the ball free in front of his own goal. The Rangers have regained their glory after a Sparta pressure spell and look quite pleased with their leadership. The way they toss the ball around is impressive. Leicester 3-1 Legia (Ndidi 34) Happy mood is back! Maddison pings in a vicious corner, the goalkeeper gets lost and Ndidi gets up to throw a header into the net! Wilfred Ndidi climbs to third place for the Foxes. Photo: Andrew Kearns - CameraSport / CameraSport / Getty Images Maddison combined with Lookman, then mistaken a defender before shooting a left-footed shot into the net from 10 yards. Leicester is playing exactly as Rodgers would have hoped. James Maddison doubles the lead for Leicester. Photo: Jason Cairnduff / Action Images / Reuters TOR Leicester 2-1 Legia (Mladenovic 26) Leicester's happy mood suffers when Ndidi is punished for handball in the penalty area. Kasper Schmeichel saves the penalty, but Legia hits after the rebound. McGregor maintains the Rangers lead by doing a brilliant foot reaction to fend off an attempt at close range. Rangers 1-0 Sparta (Morelos 14) Gio van Bronckhorst's European adventure is in full swing! Hagi ran from the depths and was well selected, then shoved the ball towards Morelos, who easily swept it into the net from 18 yards. Alfredo Morelos gives the Rangers the edge. Photo: Russell Cheyne / Reuters Europa Conference League favorite Roma look like they could actually make it out of their pool as Perez gave them the lead against Zorya at home and put them at the top of Group C, at least temporarily. Leicester 1- 0 Legia (Daka) A skilled Zambian finish gives Leicester the perfect start! Thomas started the move by winning the ball halfway and bursting forward, then dumping it onto Barnes on the left. Barnes pounded into the field before a lucky ricochet put the ball in the way of Daka, who immediately knew what to do: turn, touch and drive past the goalkeeper before he had time to sit down. Patson Daka fires the Foxes into an early lead. Photo: Craig Brough / Reuters Photo: Craig Brough / Reuters Frankfurt 1-0 Antwerp Kamada, as group D leaders, scores against the bottom group. Rodgers described it earlier this season as a hybrid between Youri Tielemans and Wilfried Ndidi, saying he has traces of the strength and nous of the latter and the passing range of the former. He's not there yet, of course, but he showed some lightning and started tonight's game well. More blues broke out for Leicester just before kick-off when it was revealed that Jonny Evans had been injured and had to be replaced by Daniel Amartey in the starting XI. Leicester have been unusually ailing at times this season - especially in set pieces - and losing Evans is unlikely to help. Meanwhile, Leicester is trying to jump from the bottom of Group C to the top in the English Midlands. To do that, they have to beat Legia Warsaw, who have had a terrible run domestically - the worst in 85 years - but are proving to be quite annoying in this tournament, as they demonstrated in their 1-0 home win over Leicester in September. Tammy Abraham narrowly missed a Roma sitter and got into a mess when he missed a Roma shot from four yards against Zorya. Leicester has developed an uncomfortable habit of starting slowly - a habit Rodgers banned when he first took office - so they'll get stuck with their visitors this morning. But Legia is the first to threaten, because Slisz forces a parade of Schmeichel with a decent bang from 18 meters. It's a brilliant start for the Rangers as Morelos storms down to the right and hits a low cross that Kent gets almost at the end just for the keeper to intervene sharply. On the way to the winner, Spurs are caught in the field, Sanchez finishes again, Marosa jumps into him and for extra points he deflects the resulting shot over the goalkeeper! Here are the Rangers v Sparta Prague lineups that will have a huge impact on who will finish second behind Lyon in Group A. Here is Kári Tulinius again: “So Rennes-Vitesse finished 3: 3, Laborde went home with the match point. This gives the Spurs a nervous final day as they need to match or improve the Vitesse versus Mura score. You're up against a Stade Rennais team that has already qualified as group winners, but it's hard to say whether that's good or bad. "Yes - I wonder how Conte will play it. Galatasaray and Lazio finish first and second; To finish first, Lazio must beat Gala with two goals when they meet in Rome. Midtjylland scored a late winner! Crvena leads the group with 10 points and travels to Braga in the final game, second out of 9; Midtjylland is away with Ludogorets and has 8. Celtic joins the Conference League. Leverkusen wins the group, Betis comes second. West Ham wins the group; Genk must win against Rapid and hope Dinamo will lose to West Ham to finish second. Spurs have to compete against Rennes what Vitesse does against Mura. Spurs lost to Mura !, Celtic lost to Leverkusen, West Ham beat Rapid. Ralston is digging up a huge cross, someone, I don't see who, gets one foot on it, and Radetsky turns him around the post in slow motion! West Ham goes to the last sixteen! Noble opens his body and places a huge penalty in the right wing net, above the goalkeeper's jump. Mark Noble scores with a penalty in the empty Allianz Stadium. Photo: Lisi Niesner / Reuters If Celtic don't score, they'll make it into the last 32 of the Conference League. Celtic loses in midfield and moves too easily into the penalty area, a dink on the edge hits the volley of Diaby, who hits Hart. Moussa Diaby unleashes a volley that puts Leverkusen in the lead. Celtic have six minutes of added time to level; three left. One stroke apiece, neither of which matters; Marseille are out and Gala will take first and second place with Lazio in Rome. Perkins almost scores with his first touch! Coufal storms down to the right and pounds a blinding cross. Perkins gets up too, arching because he's a little behind him, but with a really good, solid header - he must think he scored a goal - I think he scored a goal, I'm half standing - but the keeper considers a brilliant response. Sonny Perkins comes excruciatingly close to scoring a goal on his debut. Provided Braga can hold out, Midtjylland is out and Braga and Red Star will sort the first and second between them. If they can't equalize then Celtic will be out but since I was tapping in front of the goal their fans know that every time they see Postecoglou's squad they see a team trying to do something good. Ah, a goal I missed: Milik pulled one back for Marseille, who are now 3-1 behind Galatasaray. Ralston's panicked clearance goes to the Leverkusen right and the flank is good, on the back post by Adli, I think, tapped so that Andrich Hart can drill in the legs. One point is okay for Celtic, but they have to persevere ... Photo: Wolfgang Rattay / Reuters Leverkusen - Celtic was a really good game. Both teams did it and .... David Moyes has sent Sonny Perkins, a 17-year-old striker, on his debut. Back in Rhine-Ruhr Hart made a few more saves, but Johnston only lost one counterattack. "How Spurs thirsted for that moment!" Peter Drury yells about a Conference League equalization in Mura. It's a nice finish that was pounded over the goalkeeper from an acute angle, but his side are still in trouble. Assuming Vitesse defeated Mura in the final round of the Games, Spurs would have to beat Rennes. Harry Kane equalized for the Spurs. Photo: Srdjan Zivulovic / Reuters Photo: Srdjan Zivulovic / Reuters I didn't say much about Rapid-West Ham because there isn't much to say. West Ham is in control and they'll win the group tonight. Celtic picks up Jota and Forrest and brings Abada and Johnston. It looks like Group E is expecting a serious ending: Lazio will have to beat Galatasaray by two goals to get to the top. Gala are guaranteed a playoff spot, but if they can avoid a two-goal defeat in Rome they will move straight to the round of 16. Cameron Carter-Vickers has just been cautioned for a harmless foul and is now suspended for the Betis game. Hart throws at Forrest, he finds Bitton, who switches to Kyogo when Tapsoba slips, sp Kyogo moves one more to Jota, and he puts a left-footed drive absolutely deep in the back corner! Leverkusen will wonder what on earth is going on, but they are lagging behind! Jota celebrates with David Turnbull after taking Celtic into the lead. Photo: Lukas Schulze / Getty Images Earlier we talked about own goals, hence a forgotten classic on that day in 1990. Another thing that is very impressive about West Ham: They have changed eight players and are still making their way at Rapid. It's still 1-0 for Mura after 63 minutes. I forgot to say that Dele Alli was in a crush with the opposing goalkeeper in Mura, but nothing came of it. If the results remain unchanged, Red Star will lead the group tonight. If the score remains unchanged, Leverkusen still leads Group G with 10; Betis will also have 10; and Celtic will have nine. So I'm not sure what a win will change for the Hoops - they still have to win their last game and only finish second - probably - but the away team definitely doesn't see it that way. It will be very close in group F. WHAT A RESCUE JOE HART! Diaby storms into the box on the left and Hart saves his shot from an acute angle. Hart refuses to give it up, however, and dips into his feet on the leash to push them away! Ah, I'm glad Canales made it. But what can I say: imagine having to go into his locker room to shame him like the Spurs are doing now. When I was discussing with my editor what games I would watch, I jokingly said I would put Spurs on my phone if there were cheap sports and here we are. "The Rennes-Vitesse game deserves a mention," wrote Kári Tulinius via email. “Gaëtan Laborde has already scored a brace for Stade Rennais, but Daan Huisman has made up for the Arnhem team. It sounds like an exciting game and the result has all sorts of implications for Spurs, three behind the French club and one ahead of the Dutch. ”I had to watch the Vitesse-Spurs game professionally and I'm not sure whether I've ever hated a job more - and I was a trainee lawyer. But yes, Spurs will be in trouble if they lose here because Spurs will have to play Rennes last while Vitesse is at home against Mura. In Group G, Celtic is third, behind Leverkusen - who they won't be able to catch up if they win tonight - and Betis, who are three ahead. When that happens, Celtic will have to beat them by two goals or more than four if it's a win by one goal to get second. A long header and that's Yarmolenko's first start to the season! West Ham goes back to the top of the group! Andriy Yarmolenko rises to head the ball in Vienna. Hoffman pushes Yarmolenko for no reason, and here comes Mark Noble, flat cap and everything. Juranovic, still wobbling under the covers, gives the ball away and Diaby drives into the box, unleashes a terrible shot that falls from the close angle, then someone else - I don't know who - bangs the rebound against the post! Somehow, Celtic survive. Thanks to David Warren for letting me know that the tables I've been looking at all day have turned into live tables. Dinamo will finish second if both they and West Ham win. They've improved over the last 10 and Radetsky comes in for a cross, almost gets close to the ball but absolutely destroys Kyogo and that is sure to be a penalty! Oh my days this is a close deal Juranovic breaking off his pen, being under it to swim, and seeing it penetrate from the bottom of the bar. Ryan Sessegnon receives his second yellow card and is sent off for Spurs! I would love to enjoy that, really, but I feel for Sessegnon - being celebrated as a star, he struggles to achieve his supposed potential. He didn't get the ball, got the legs, and although I didn't think it was red, I saw Umgivun. Photo: Tottenham Hotspur FC / Getty Images "I watch the game Rapid Vienna - West Ham United as Falco against London Calling!" Back in Leverkusen, Palacio started his career at Turnbull and was suspended. That was a yellow and a half these days. Diaby screeches on the counterattack in the Celtic half, but on the right in the penalty area he should shoot, but decides to cut back and the pass is cut off. Celtic are struggling to get everything going, but they only have residue and the firepower to cause a lot of aggro if they can just get their attackers on the ball. And while we are talking they step down to the right, but when the cross passes, Kossounou comes in front of Kyogo. The next corner is coming now, but it's a start. My WhatsApp pings and it's our London correspondent Jacob Steinberg who unites two of our previous topics: He advises that Joe Cole said West Ham had to deal with fans. It comes in general, and you have been specifically warned. Andrich races to a corner all Welsh is static so the defender has no chance and the ensuing header hits down and in. Robert Andrich jumps into the opening goal to head the ball. Photo: Martin Meissner / AP Photo: Martin Meissner / AP Photo: Martin Meissner / AP Gosh, one of the Rapid defenders has just made a terrible defensive header to prevent Bowen's corner kick against Dawson - a kind that you might neglect in the Sunday League would. Knowing that you will stick it past your own guardian. It costs another one, which Rapid makes clear, but they're right under the pump here. Speaking of West Ham, what I love about seeing them right now isn't even the results, it's their style. They play like a team that expects to win but doesn't think they're going to be given it. I think I wrote about something classically West Ham earlier this week, but here's a little more, courtesy of Daniel Barnett: “Can I treat you like a Radio 2 DJ and say hi to my father Ralph Barnett, West Ham sufferer, 77 years old? After years of pain and false hope, we were both delighted that our team was finally coming to Europe, and since my dad's last European night with the Hammers was the 1965 Wembley Cup final, we decided not to go to the next opportunity wait and go to a European away game. We booked flights from here in Israel, where we both live now, sorted the accommodations and even secured game tickets. And then - lockdown, three days before the big night. Do other readers have even more painful stories about missing a long-awaited gaming experience or waiting more than 56 years between games in the same competition? I hope you go to the playoffs or the round of 16. It's been a quiet start in Vienna, but West Ham are on the up and almost taking the lead as I type! Masuaku goes down left, crosses deep and hard - it's an excellent delivery - and Bowen just misses on the slide. That was very good of both - although I'm sure Bowen is disappointed that he missed, his run was great, a product of his jumping determination. Photo: Simon Dael / REX / Shutterstock Photo: Simon Dael / REX / Shutterstock Photo: Simon Dael / REX / Shutterstock Marseille will go out if they lose tonight, while Gala would have to lose to Lazio, with more than one goal or not 1- 0 to avoid completing the top if they can hold out. This is a beautiful goal, Horvat is dancing in Sanchez who slips like Charlie Chaplin and then unfolds a curler that swings right on the long post into the outside net! In Germany, Andrich has just thrown a header over the top after a corner. Celtic didn't want that, but Ferencvaros is bottom of group G with zero pwa. If Celtic wins both games they should at least make the playoffs. That is a huge goal. Braga currently leads the group with 9 points, while Midtjylland has eight points and so does Red Star - who play against the already eliminated Ludogorets. And there is the first lightning bolt from Frimpong, which bursts to the right but loses the road. When Leverkusen came to Parkhead, they gave up a 4-0 hiding place and looked in a class of their own - although it can be said that Celtic could well have equalized before their second goal. I bit the bullet apple and put Mura-Spurs on my phone so I'll keep you updated on any goals that emerge. How to do it, I'd love to take a look at Bryan Gil who I like the look of; it starts tonight. Unfortunately, there are no fans at Rapids Allianz Stadium - Austria is back in lockdown. Here come the teams! Lokomotiv Moscow also play early - they face Lazio - who are on the verge of losing their heads to Manchester United for sport and development. Back to Tapsoba, I've heard really good things about him. While ultimately it's not a head-to-head competition, both of them could be brilliant. But from the snapshot I heard while listening to Postecoglu, he seemed a top guy, and Cole confirmed that if you talk to everyone on the training ground, you will tell you that he is a great boy. I don't know if it's because I'm old, but seeing all these young guys who have the time of their lives is such an affirmative buzz. Postecoglu sounds very confident in their players and says they did well getting back into position after a bad start. BT shows VT by Jeremie Frimpong, formerly Celtic and now Leverkusen. He's been looking great lately and I'm really looking forward to seeing him and Edmond Tapsoba in particular. BT has Joe Cole in the studio which I'm excited about - he really is an excellent expert. If you tell you things you don't know or haven't noticed, don't take it or yourself too seriously, Rio Ferdinand calls “Ri”. Good morning everyone and welcome to the real soccer factories, another fascinating night of Europa League behavior. However, I fear that our initial task will be to take care of the household, so please be patient. Rather, the eight group winners advance to the round of 16, while the eight runners-up play in a two-legged playoff against one of the eight third-placed winners in the Champions League, each of which moves on to the winners. I don't think it's very fair, but it wasn't yet, and this should give us more DRAMA, Narrative, and MONEY MONEYMONEYMONEYMONEY, so here we are. To finish second, the Rangers - under new coach Giovani van Bronckhorst - have to improve the performance of Sparta Prague - they lost the first meeting of the teams with 1-0 - and finish ahead of Brondby, who they are currently leading with two points. To finish second, the Rangers - under new coach Giovani van Bronckhorst - have to improve the performance of Sparta Prague - they lost the first meeting of the teams with 1-0 - and finish ahead of Brondby, who they are currently leading with two points. Monaco, Sociedad and PSV are fighting for the first two places with 8, 6 and 5 points respectively. Monaco, Sociedad and PSV are fighting for the first two places with 8, 6 and 5 points respectively. Spartak defeated Naples yesterday evening and led the group head-to-head with both teams with 7 points. Spartak defeated Naples yesterday evening and led the group head-to-head with both teams with 7 points. Frankfurt is guaranteed a playoff place with 10 points and wins the group in which they beat Antwerp, which are canceled. Frankfurt is guaranteed a playoff place with 10 points and wins the group in which they beat Antwerp, which are canceled. All four teams can still qualify. Galatasaray leads the group with 8 points and can eliminate Marseille with 4 points by defeating them. Lokomotiv has to beat Lazio with 5 points with 2 points to keep the chance of the playoffs. Braga, front runner with 9 points, can guarantee a playoff spot by beating Midtjylland with 5 points and if Crvena zvezda disagrees with his result with 7 points they secure the top spot. If both win, Midtjylland is out; Ludogorets are already out. Leverkusen secured the top spot with 10 points with a win over Celtic with 6 points, and if Betis wins with 7 points and Celtic does not win, Celtic is eliminated. Ferencvaros is gone with 0 points. West Ham is guaranteed a playoff spot with 10 points, and a win from the last two games leads to a top spot. Zagreb with 6 points, Genk with 4 points and Rapid with 3 points all stay in the race. Oh yes, and the Conference League is also taking place. Spurs are second in their group with 7 points behind Rennes with 10 points and can be seen at Mura at 5.45 pm with 0 points; behind it sits Vitesse, with 6 points. When asked about Rice Rice's baby, Davey Moyes says he hears more about his social media than his soccer, and prefers to focus on the latter. He will play Bowen first but knows he can swap him out with Yarmolenko and while obviously disappointed in losing Angelo Ogbonna he has other good defenders to replace him with. He's hoping to win tonight so he can rest the players in the next game and wants to win the group too, but if he'd been offered European football in the New Year - as Ryan Giggs would say - he would have accepted. Good effort to get Postecoglou into a melody as well. What can I say, I really enjoy what Ange Postecoglou is doing with Celtic. Kyogo and Jota both look serious players, but beyond that it looks like he's wrapped the club in his personality, which means people - players and fans - are accepting his ideas. West Ham meanwhile makes eight changes. Areola, Masuaku, Diop, Coufal, Noble, Lanzini, Vlasic and Yarmolenko are added; Fabianski, Johnson, Zouma, Cresswell, Rice, Benrahma, Fornals and Antonio are eliminated, but Rice, Fornals and Benrahma sit on the bench. Celtic have made one change from their St. Johnstone win over the weekend, with James Forrest replacing Liel Abada. Leverkusen meanwhile leaves out Tapsoba, Sinkgraven, Demirbay and Amiri - all Bar Demirbay sit on the bench. I'll see Bayer Leverkusen against Celtic and Rapid Wien against West Ham, so here are the lineups (I think these should actually be lineups - someone who knows grammar can blame me):

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Giovanni van Bronckhorst's team qualifies for the knockout round of the Europa League

Match report when Rangers Spart defeated Prague 2-0 and reached the play-offs of the knockout round of the Europa League; Giovanni van Bronckhorst's first competitive game ends with a win; Alfredo Morelos secured second place in Group A behind Lyon with a double victory before the end of the game (Author: Gardener)

the Europa LeagueThe Rangers secured their place in the play-offs of the knockout round of the Europa League after Alfredo Morelos put his brace to start the Giovanni van Bronckhorst era with a 2-0 win against Sparta Prague at the Ibrox . Van Bronckhorst, watching from the dugout for the first time, got the hosts off to a great start and took the lead in the 15th minute thanks to Morelos' first goal. The visitors gave Morelos his second game right after the restart, but Rangers missed a number of chances in the second half to lose sight of the game. It took Van Bronckhorst a spectacular one-two save from former Ibrox team-mate Allan McGregor to maintain the Rangers' two-goal lead. The win ensures the Rangers, who will face a team that finished third in their Champions League group in the new year’s Europa League restart, ahead of their final game against Group A winners, Lyon, disappeared from the eyes of Brondby - and their 2: 1 total score against Sparta means that the Czech team cannot make up a three-point deficit. The home side got off to a brilliant start and Joe Aribo hit the bar after Ryan Kent slipped past two defenders and hit the ball back. The Romanian international helped the ball inside for Morelos, who swept home for the first time from 18 meters. Aribo soon had another big chance after a similar move, but with his side foot only inches off as Hagi's flank bounced invitingly around the six-yard line. McGregor was forced to a good post stop with his foot by Martin Minchev after Kent was beaten on the bye line. Kent had an excellent chance of doubling the lead when he wiped his marker to run on Connor Goldson's diagonal ball. The center-back attempted a high square pass over Morelos' head but only managed to get the Colombian to head from 10 yards. The Rangers soon cleared when Hagis Pass threw Kent away, but the winger's shot was blocked by goalkeeper Dominik Halec while Morelos searched for a square ball. Morelos saw a shot held between his feet after a low cross from Aribo and headed just over after his teammate returned the ball. Nathan Patterson replaced Hagi on the right flank before Aribo missed another excellent chance after being set up by Kent. At around the 70-minute mark, Sparta suddenly began creating opportunities. Adam Karabec saw a weak defense and then headed on both sides of Adam Hlozec, who stormed from 16 meters, just missed the goal. The Rangers looked ragged and McGregor came to their rescue with an excellent dive stop after a header before rescuing the follow-up with his leg while he was on the ground. “We were in the game from the very first minute. “We put pressure on with a good rhythm of the game and created opportunities. "We built enough chances in the first half to win the game in the first half. The Rangers have won two of their last three in Europe (U1) after having only one win in the previous eight (U2, 5 including Sparta Prague have lost) "for the first time since September 2016 three games in a row in the UEFA Europa League (without qualification) (also 3 in total) The Rangers have scored five goals in their last three European games, one more than in the last eight (4 incl. Morelos.) has scored 13 goals in European competitions for the Rangers (excl. He has scored 13 goals in the UEFA Europa League since the beginning of 2018/19, only Munas Dabbur (17), Bruno Fernandes (16) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (14) can do better during this time, while Van Bronckhorst's team will come to Lyon for the last group game of the Europa League on Thursday, December 9th (kick-off at 5.45pm).

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Rangers versus Sparta Prague

A 2-0 win sent the Rangers into the playoff round. (Author: Gardener)

RangersA 2-0 win sent the Rangers into the playoff round. It was a successful return to Ibrox for Gio van Bronckhorst as his side pushed Sparta Prague aside to qualify for the Europa League round of 16. The Rangers wanted to impress in their new boss' first game and there was an amazing improvement after their loss to Hibs at Hampden. Alfredo Morelos fired her forward to get the party going, and Van Bronckhorst was visibly pleased with what he saw. From then on, the home side took control and Ryan Kent missed some big chances. But the result was beyond any realistic doubt when a terrible mistake by Sparta's Filip Panak hit Morelos' head for the second time. Gers' superior head-to-head race over Sparta now means that they cannot be overtaken in second place and will go into the knockout phase after Christmas. Follow all the LIVE reactions here. The Rangers have secured a spot in the Europa League round of 16 for the third year in a row. Gio van Bronckhorst's first game was a thrill when Alfredo Morelos scored twice. Rangers defend well, especially Patterson, and they calm the storm. And Rangers are almost there. Absolutely stunning from the Rangers goalkeeper, the second save Hlozek saves with his left foot is breathtaking. The Rangers are fighting hard and are five minutes away from qualifying. He had chances and Sparta are now looking for a crucial goal that will give them a chance to qualify on the sixth Mathcday ahead of Ibrox. But no goal and it's over. Sakala and Arfield feel like the right subs. The chance of the game for Sparta - and they screw it up. The sub nodded home at the back post, but got it all wrong. Hlozek is next to have a pop, but he fires over the counter. A great opportunity! Sparta can't do anything right Hlozek fell over his own feet when the chance to pull the trigger appeared. That came after a great pass from Aribo - who then kicked the ball into the box again, but Morelos could only shoot over it. So the 25-year-old looks in top form again. The Rangers retain total control - and the Colombian international wins a free kick. Sparta coughs up the ball and allows the hosts to hold onto the ball and keep their opponents going. And the ball drifts far after hitting Krecji. Rangers are all over their opponents and it feels like a third goal is coming. The pass to Morelos was free, but the Englishman was keen to try. Sparta was really terrible in the back, but you still have to take your chances if they come. Gosh, that was awful from Panak - a duff-wedge shot over his six-yard box. Decent exertion from a tight angle, but it drifts a long way. Yes, a second goal will get them to the round of 16, but there's no point rushing into a game they control. Morelos looking for more, but the talisman visibly winced as it grabbed his knee at the end of the first half. Alfredo Morelos once again showed his worth on the European stage when he gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead at break. They started quickly, but Sparta managed to push their way back into this game by will rather than quality. Gio Van Bronckhorst will be happy, but he knows that the works will remain. That short break offered a chance to regroup and Sparta was inefficient at getting the ball forward. The Rangers are in control but Sparta have improved but are still sloppy with the ball. Van Bronckhorst will want more but will be pleased with the efforts of his team. From a direct free kick - that was a terrible attempt from a dangerous position. It comes with Sparta finally starting to grit its teeth. Rangers are held back for the first time and must find a way out. He moves Hagi inside as number 10 and that moves Aribo right. It comes after Van Bronckhorst and Roy Makaay are embroiled in conversations about how to tweak things. Kamara is in shape and his latest winning tackle takes Kent away, Barisic's deflected cross makes the keeper flutter. But a silence overcomes Ibrox when Morelos is left in a crumpled heap after colliding with Hancko. Her passing game is decent in part, but her form is terrible - there are serious gaps behind her defensive line. But the Rangers have had some hairy moments, including Tavernier's loaded back pass, which McGregor does well to clear. A decision his manager, after his reaction, seems to believe he was wrong. Rangers look a lot better than their rivals so far. Morelos in particular is back to the striker fans love. He interferes, joins his teammates and scores goals - this is the player who is revered in this old stadium. We played 22 minutes and the Rangers are leading against their rivals for the second round of the Europa League.

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