As It Happened : Rangers take two goal advantage against Progres Niederkorn
Kenny Miller scored the only goal when these sides met at Ibrox in 2017. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

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Rangers take a 2-0 lead over to Luxembourg in the 2nd leg next Thursday, but the tie is still alive, and with the history of the previous meeting in 2017, they will have to be alert of a tricky trip to Luxembourg.

FULL TIME - Rangers 2 - 0 Progres
The referee blows the full time whistle and it's over at Ibrox Stadium. Steven Gerrard stands in his technical area staring out onto the pitch. There may be a slight feeling that it is not quite as comfortable as they hoped, especially with the number of chances, and a missed penalty.

Rangers 2-0 Progres Niederkorn.


94' A late opportunity for Progres as they flash a ball across goal but nobody is there to pick it up.

Rangers with a chance to break now, the crowd roar the home side forward in search of a third, but the referee has a look at his watch

92' A dangerous ball in from Aribo, it's spilled by Flauss. Rangers players are lining up to have a go at goal, but a great recovery from the Progres goalkeeper keepers Rangers out. He's conceded two, but Flauss has had a very good game at the same time, called into action a number of times. 
89' Four minutes of additional time signalled by the fourth official.
Red Card (Progres) - Laterza
88' Rangers attempt to break from defending the corner. Laterza is holding Defoe who tries to take the ball down. He stops the little striker from turning and breaking. The referee blows the whistle and Laterza still hasn't let go!

Over comes the ref, and shows Laterza a 2nd yellow card, then red and he is off!

87' Progres have the ball down on the left wing with Francoise. He tries to get round the Rangers defence and wins a late corner.

Its sent in, Francoise directs it towards goal from the edge of the 6 yard box, McGregor doesn't know where the ball is! It's eventually cleared and the danger passes again for Rangers.

85' Matias Marques commits the foul, Rangers with a free kick halfway into the Progres half. The ball is sent to the back post, Goldson tries to header back across goal, but he doesn't catch it correctly.
Substitution (Progres) - Tekiela Off Francoise On
81' A name that anyone who watched the last meeting between these two sides might recognise.

Emmanuel Francoise, who scored the tie-equalising goal for Progres in Luxembourg back in 2017 comes onto the pitch, and off goes Tekiela. 

Will Francoise strike again?

Substitution (Rangers) - Ojo Off Stewart On
81' The goalscorer of Rangers second of the night makes way and is replaced by Greg Stewart.
80' Lovely move from Rangers as Jack glides forward, giving the ball to Defoe, who backheels it back into the path of the charging Ryan Jack, another cracking curling effort from Rangers ends up in the back of the net, but another offside flag rules this one out.

Rangers just can't quite get this 3rd goal.

79' Allan McGregor is called into action for the first time of the night. Mmaee is breaking forward again, in behind the Rangers defence and 1 on 1 with McGregor, who rushes out and saves that one confidently.

The shake of the head from McGregor means he isn't happy with his defence there!

78' Defoe dances on the edge of the box, inside the D. Scoops a high shot towards goal but Flauss in the Niederkorn goal deals with that one.
76' Jordan Jones bursting down the left, makes his way into the box and Jones and the chasing defender go to ground. Referee gives a free kick to the side from Luxembourg, but Jones is questioning if that is another penalty.
Substitution (Rangers) - Defoe On Morelos Off
75' Jermaine Defoe is ready to enter the game, and the board shows he will be replacing Alfredo Morelos.

Steven Gerrard must be looking for his side to get a 3rd goal

72' Progres attacking down the right and manage to win a corner. Ibrox Stadium goes silent temporarily as the corner is sent in to the back post. The defence don't attack the ball and Progres have a free shot that is sent over.

Grumbles from the crowd in blue who are well aware that Progres can pounce at any moment.

Booking - Aribo (Rangers)
70' Aribo goes into the referee's book for what looked to be a bit of a frustrating challenge after losing possession.
Penalty Missed - Tavernier (Rangers)
68' James Tavernier, Rangers regular penalty taker steps up confidently. Struck with the inside of the right boot, directed towards the goalkeepers left, but it crashes off the post and the power means no player can follow up. 

It's still Rangers 2-0 Progress Niederkorn

Penalty - Rangers
67' Jordan Jones driving into the box, just on for Rangers and goes down running between two Progres defenders. He takes a knock on the ground as well, and the referee points for penalty to Rangers.
Substitution (Rangers) - Arfield Off Jones On
65' Rangers make the change as Scott Arfield, who has featured for Canada in International duty over the Summer is replaced by Jordan Jones.
64' Goalkeeper pushes the corner away. Tavernier tries a dipping shot from long range, but it's taken into the chest by keeper Flauss.
63' Morelos in the box, looks to shoot, pauses once, twice, the ball then ricochets and the keeper Flauss has got it wrong. He has to scramble to stop Ryan Jack from tapping it into the net, and Flauss gets his fingertips to push it away. Ryan Jack has collided with the post in the process and will require treatment off the pitch. Corner to Rangers
62' Aribo is played in behind the defence of the Luxembourg side. He sends a ball across the 6 yard box, Ojo is stretching, but can't quite reach it. Ojo feels like he was being pulled, but the ball was possibly just a yard too far in front of him.
59' Arfield is still searching for his goal. Ojo passes to Davis, into the path of Arfield who dribbles across the edge of the box, but Progres close him down. Morelos tries a shot from a narrow angle but it's closed down. Referee signals a goal kick, which the Colombian striker isn't too happy with.
57' Mmaee has given Progres something new in his 12 minutes on the pitch so far. He chases a ball down to the byline of the Rangers box and it's put out for a corner to Progres.

Marques rises to meet the ball but the ball is comes off the head of Goldson first and deflects of the Progres man. Goal Kick to Rangers.

55' That makes it a bit more comfortable for Rangers. Games like this can sometimes go on and on and the side in control struggle to get that 2nd goal. With 35 minutes still to play, Rangers will feel they can get a few more.
GOAL! Rangers 2-0 Progres (Ojo)
54' Quick corner from Rangers on the left as Ojo arrives short on the edge of the box. He cooly sidesteps into the box and hooks a shot with the right foot to the far post and it nestles into the net.

Rangers 2-0 Progres Niederkorn

53' Arfield finds himself at the back of the box again but the keeper rushes out and prevents him yet again
52' Morelos tries a quick attack down the right, he's brought down on the the touchline as he tries to move into the box. 

Tavernier readies the free kick but the ball trickles through to Flauss and the attack is over.

50' Hall is back on for Progres as they look to come forward. Substitute Mmaee gets a second attempt at creating something in the middle. The ball is worked out right and is driven across the 6 yard box. McGregor tries to collect but the ball is loose and Progres' excitement is brought to a stop as the assistant has the flag up on the far side.
48' Play is stopped as Hall is down in the Progres defence. He requires treatment, and it could mean a 3rd substitution for the away side
47' Edmundson finds himself with the ball in the middle of the attacking half for Rangers. He takes a couple of steps forward, looks up, but drags his shot wide of the left post.
Second Half Underway
46' Rangers are back out to get the second half underway and take kick-off
Substitution (Progres) - Mmaee On Muratovic Off
45' Progres make their second change of the game, with a swap before the second half gets underway.
HT : Progres are the first to come back out for the second half, as the away side make their way back onto the pitch.
HALF TIME : Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn
It has been all Rangers in that first half. It didn't take them long to signal their intent as the home side sent in cross after cross for Progres to contend with.

Joe Aribo opened the scoring on the 20th minute with a perfectly placed, curling shot, low beyond goalkeeper Flauss. 

They could've had a 2nd goal, as Ojo slotted the ball beyond the keeper on the 45th minute, but the assistant had raised the flag to deny him. 

Rangers might be asking how it's still only one, but there is another 45 minutes to come.

Added Time 1 Minute
One minute of additional time shown from the fourth official
45' Rangers have the ball in the net again, but the flag is up on the far side. Steven Davis smashes a shot which is spilled by Flauss. The ball is at the feet of Ojo who takes a touch to evade the defender and he puts the ball in the net with his right foot, but the referee signals that the flag is up for offside. 
43' Halliday skips beyond two Progres Niederkorn players and then takes part in a heavy 50-50 challenge with another. The ball is out for a corner as the home fans appreciate the effort. The corner from Ojo is too high and the danger is over.
42' Morelos is on the ground in his own half after getting caught in between the legs of Matias Marques, who came on as a subsitute this half. After a bit of recovery time, Morelos is back to his feet and Rangers have a defensive free-kick.
40' Morelos and Arfield exchange passes as Rangers steal possession. Ojo makes the run on the right, he tries to chip a ball into the box and it almost catches Flauss out at the back post, but the ball bounces past the post and out for a goal kick.
38' Muratovic turns beautifully in defence, but his pass his wayward. Aribo with a lovely move into the box, the ball played to Arfield but he can't quite squeeze the strike under the goalkeeper. Still, Rangers 1 Progres 0 at Ibrox Stadium.
37' The corner comes to nothing, Progres Niederkorn try to move forward again but give away possession. Ojo crosses from the right but the ball is confidently chested into the hands of Flauss, the Progres goalkeeper.
36' Rangers on the attack yet again with a diagonal ball from the right finding Halliday who has crept in the box behind the Progres defence. His cutback is too heavy, but Rangers win another corner
Subsitution - Skenderovic Off - Matias Marques On
33' An early change from the away side as Skenderovic makes way for Matias Marques. Skenderovic has committed a couple of fouls, but there wasn't any evident injury
32' An early cross from Tavernier and Arfield is on the box all on his own. He stretches to get his head to the ball, but the header is soft and Flauss manages to get across to collect the ball in his gloves
30' Well it has been a frantic first 30 minutes at Ibrox Stadium. Attack after attack from Rangers and some tidy quick movement around the edge of the box from the home side. It has been raining crosses on the Progres Niederkorn goalkeeper and defence too, but it's still only 1-0 to Rangers.
29' What a goal that would have been. Aribo takes the ball from Jack's toes, looks up and sees Morelos in the box. Aribo plays the reverse pass and Morelos strikes it on the turn, but it's just wide
24' Rangers win a free kick on the right side. Tavernier floats the ball in but it's headed away for another corner and now Progres try and break but Edmundson cuts out the danger
22' Rangers on the attack again Halliday finds space in the box and his low shot is pushed away by the goalkeeper. Rangers win another corner. Goldson misses the header and the ball is retrieved by Morelos. He moves into the box from the left but his shot is too high
GOAL! Rangers 1 - 0 Progres (Aribo)
20' Rangers are holding the ball on the left. Arfield picks it up and turns and gives it to Aribo who dribbles to the edge of the box and picks his spot as he curls a beautiful shot beyond Flauss.

Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn

17' Halliday delivers this time, deep from the left side for Rangers. The ball drops to the feet of Morelos, he takes a touch but the defender in yellow slides and turns and blocks the shot with what looked to be his shoulder blade, and Progres take try to go on the attack
16' Ball is whipped in dangerously to the back post from the corner, but it's over the top of everyone and goes out for a throw-in
'15 Progres win a corner on the far side. It comes to nothing but the men from Luxembourg try again, the cross is blocked and out for another corner
12' Free Kick on the left for Rangers, a few yards out from the corner flag. The delivery is punched away by the Progres goalkeeper. Rangers try again but the ball goes out for a goal kick.
Booking - Laterza (Progres)
11' Yellow Card for Laterza (Progres Niederkorn)
9' Pacey run down the right wing by Ojo, but his cross doesn't quite make the head of Morelos. Progres clear, but Rangers drive forward again
8' Morelos picks up a ball on the right and drives into the box before drilling a shot across the six yard box, but it's collected cleanly by Flauss.
7' Aribo and Davis with a nice 1-2 on the left edge of the box. Aribo's cross is blocked and it's another Rangers corner
6' Rangers coming down the right side through Jack and the Progres Niederkorn keeper misjudges another cross, but the danger is cleared
5' And a chance for Progres as they break on Rangers through the middle and shot is drilled towards goals, but McGregor can collect at the second attempt. 
4' Tavernier whips in a delivery from the right and the Progres keeper has to tip over the bar
2' Rangers holding early possession from kick-off and trying to apply early pressure
0' Progres Niederkorn get the game underway
Teams take to the pitch
And out come the sides as Rangers take to the pitch in their blue shirts, white shorts and black socks.

Progres are in their yellow and black shirts, black shorts with yellow trim and yellow socks.

Five Minutes to go
It has been a glorious day in Glasgow, with temperatures in the city reaching into the early thirties!

The pitch looks perfect, the fans are filling the stands and the teams will be emerging from the tunnel shortly...

Previous Meeting : Progress for Rangers?
As the fans make their way into Ibrox Stadium this evening, the home support will be hoping to banish the memories of the last time these sides met in Europe. 

After the first leg at Ibrox Stadium, Rangers travelled to Luxembourg for the 2nd leg, taking a 1-0 lead over, thanks to a Kenny Miller goal.

In the 66th minute, Progres Niederkorn levelled the tie as Emmanuel Francoise scored for the home side. 

With 15 minutes to go, Progres captain, Sebastien Thill's free kick rolled through everyone and ended up in the net to seal the sides first European success.

In the aftermath, pictures of then manager Pedro Caixinha standing in a hedge exchanging views with Gers' fans, became the poster of the sides disappointment.

Steven Gerrard is well aware of the history, and wants Rangers to show how far they have moved on.

Progres Changes
The side from Luxembourg make two changes to the starting line-up that edged through against Cork City last Thursday.

Captain, and game-winner the last time these sides met, Sebastian Thill was a big fitness doubt this week and drops out altogether. The other change is Matias Marques drops to the bench and is replaced by Ferino.

Progres Niederkorn Subs
Progres Subs : Czekanowicz (GK), Cervellera, Bastos, Mmaee, Francoise, Matias Marques, Shala.
Progres Niederkorn Starting Line-Up
Progres XI : Flauss (GK), Vogel, Tekiela, Skenderovic, Muratovic, Ferino, de Almeida, Laterza, Silaj, Karayer, Hall.
Rangers Changes
The Gers make six changes to the side that started the First Qualifying Round 2nd leg against St. Joseph's last Thursday.

In come Allan McGregor, James Tavernier, Steven Davis, Ryan Jack, Scott Arfield, Sheyi Ojo.

Rangers Substitues
Rangers Subs : Foderingham (GK), Barisic, Katic, Kamara, Stewart, Jones, Defoe.
Rangers Starting Line-Up
Rangers XI : McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Edmundson, Halliday, Davis, Aribo, Jack, Arfield, Ojo, Morelos.
Rangers' Form so far
Rangers coasted through the Europa League First Qualifying Round with an emphatic 10-0 aggregate win over St. Joseph's F.C. 

 

Gerrard's side won the 1st leg 4-0 in Gibraltar, before returning to Ibrox for the 2nd leg and recording a 6-0 victory.

How to watch Rangers vs Progres Niederkorn
The game isn't being shown on any mainstream television channels but RangersTV have revealed that they will be streaming the game. Supporters will have to pay £9.99. So, following along on VAVEL UK may prove a more attractive option.

You could choose to listen to the game on BBC Radio 5Live.

Progres' form so far
Progres have already faced sides from Britain and Ireland already. They beat Cardiff Met University, one of the more unique sides in qualifying, on away goals before triumphing over Cork City, 3-2 on aggregate.
Vrabec: We want to be brave
Progres Niederkorn are managed by Ronald Vrabec. He told reporters before today's match that his side "want to be brave".

"We want to score a goal and play forward, not just defend, and take a good result for the game in Luxembourg. It's a different Rangers team and we have a different team too. It's going to be very tough for us to go to the next round, but we will try. It's a big game for the club and Luxembourg. Everybody will watch it."

Steven Gerrard's pre-match comments before Europa League tie
Steven Gerrard: "It is a chance to show how far Rangers have moved on. A lot of people were hurt the last time we played this opposition. I look back at the pictures and read the headlines and articles that were written about our club at that time and it's now mine, my staff and my players' opportunity to put a better feeling around the club."
Rangers have made it through one tie, but Progres have come through two, after entering the Europa League Qualifying at the Preliminary Round. For one of these sides there is a 3rd Qualifying Round ahead, but then also a Playoff Round before the Europa League group stages.
 
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