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Result: Rangers claim EL lead over Shkupi

Result: Rangers claim EL lead over Shkupi

Rangers claim a 2-0 win over Macedonian outfit Shkupi in Thursday night’s Europa League first qualifying round first leg at Ibrox.

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Last Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 21:56 UK

Steven Gerrard‘s first competitive game in charge of Rangers has ended in a 2-0 win over Shkupi in Thursday night’s Europa League first qualifying round first leg at Ibrox.

The Scottish Premiership giants began brightly but could have fallen behind on the quarter-hour mark.

A Shkupi attack culminated in Blagoja Ljamcevski curling in a first-time effort from 20 yards that struck the top of Allan McGregor‘s crossbar.

Rangers brushed themselves off and went on to open the scoring in the 23rd minute through Jamie Murphy.

The 28-year-old picked up James Tavernier‘s crossfield pass and planted a left-foot shot into the far corner of the visitors’ net.

Rangers finished the first half strongly but could not add to their opener, and lacked composure in the second period as they struggled to find a second goal.

However, Murphy was brought down in the box two minutes into second-half stoppage time, earning Gers a penalty against the Macedonian side.

Tavernier, the provider for Murphy’s goal, stepped up and duly converted from 12 yards to give the Glasgow side more breathing room.

The second leg of the tie takes place in Skopje on Tuesday, July 17.

RANGERS (4-3-3): McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Katic, Flanagan; Candeias (Jack 56′), McCrorie, Arfield (Ejaria 67′); Windass (Middleton 79′), Morelos, Murphy

SHKUPI (4-2-3-1): Zendeli; Adem, Tipuric, Bajrami (Bilali 46′), Nchama (Krivanjeva 90′); Vujcic, Broja; Stojkoski, Muharem, Ljamcevski (Shabani 60′); Ilijoski

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