Date: 12th July 2018 at 9:57pm
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FC Shkupi


Europa League Qualifying 1st Round 1st Leg

12/07/2018 7:45 pm

Attendance: 49309

Referee: C Dingert

Rangers FC Shkupi
Murphy (23), Tavernier (pen 90+2)
McGregor Zendeli
Tavernier Tipuric
Katic Bajrami 45
Goldson Ljamcevski 61
Flanagan Muarem
McCrorie Broja
Arfield 67 Owono Nchamaaa
56 Illijoksi
Murphy 79 Vujcic
Windass Stojkovski


Alnwick Bilali 45
John Shabani 61
Jack 56 Aleksovski
Docherty Krivanjeva 92
Halliday Veliu
Ejaria 67 Ishmalji
Middleton 79

Game Statistics

21 Goal attempts 8
7 On Target 0
14 Corners 3
4 Fouls 4
2 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 0
0 % 0

Manager Steven Gerrard took charge of his first competitive match since coming into the Ibrox hot seat over the summer.

With plenty of eyes on his first proper selection as we go in search of a debut win as he occupies the dugout, a number of selections set tongues wagging such as Allan McGregor between the stick and Wes Foderingham not even making the bench, but there was a sense in Gerrard’s selection given this was the side that started the Bury friendly.

With the new squad gelling given our new arrivals, at least starting with the group that took in Bury, there was a slight chance greater understanding would be on show.

That decision seemed to pay off as Rangers took the lead through Jamie Murphy in a bright first half although Shkupi certainly had nerves rattling at points. Sadly the second period wasn’t quite as bright and the opposition had more chances of their own before we tied the game up with the late James Tavernier penalty. Thankfully Rangers weren’t made to pay for their wasted efforts and we go into the second leg with hopes of completing the job.