Glenn Middleton keen to cement Rangers spot after first-team debut

Rex Christensen
July 14, 2018

Jamie Murphy opened the scoring after 23 minutes, but Gerrard had to wait until the 92nd minute before James Tavernier sealed the victory from the penalty spot.

The Scots boosted their hopes of avoiding a repeat of last year's humiliating exit at the same stage to Liechtenstein outfit Progres Niederkorn, though, as Murphy was brought down to win a 91st-minute penalty.

He said: "We were satisfied with the win and the clean sheet".

The biggest positive to probably take from the game were the thoughts of Gerrard himself as whilst he told the Official Site that he saw "plenty of positives" he was also quick to warn the players that he expected more from them in the future and the game proved they certainly had plenty more hard work left this pre-season before the Premiership campaign kicks off.

I am very pleased about a lot of it, the only thing is we haven't won the game more convincingly.
"We could have made the tie a lot more comfortable".

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.

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"Maybe, maybe with some of the players who were here previous year but I don't think it would have been a concern for any of the new players because they never experienced it", he said. We take 2-0 but I'm slightly disappointed we didn't win it more comfortably.

Steven Gerrard's reign as Rangers manager got off to a winning start as his team eased past Shkupi 2-0 in the first leg of their Europa League first qualifying round tie at Ibrox.

"Superb. He deserved that debut because of how he played against Bury but also because of how he has done since the first day of pre-season".

"But it was the first time some of them have played in front of a full house here with that atmosphere".

"But having seen what I've seen tonight I'm very confident we can go there, score goals and get the right result".

"I am happy with the control and how much a better team we look. There is still a lot of work to do".

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