Rangers 2 Galatasaray 0 LIVE as James Tavernier doubles home side advantage


What a game that should be.Two football giants are competing for a place in the group stage of the Europa League. It has all the makings of a classic European night out – it’s just too bad the fans miss it.

There are also a lot of subplots in this one. You have the Hagi family connection to Ianis born in Istanbul while his father Gheorghe was making a hero in Galatasaray, and you also have Graeme Souness.

The former Rangers boss will be an expert at Ibrox tonight, but he also had a stint in charge of Gala in the 1990s.

On the ground and you have a battle of the Colombian attackers with Alfredo Morelos ready to lead the line for the Rangers, and his hero Falcao the Galatasaray No. 9.

Steven Gerrard made other important decisions as well. He reintroduced Ianis Hagi to the starting XI despite Jordan Jones’ impressive performance on Sunday against Motherwell.

Ryan Jack is back on the bench while Cedric Itten passed a fitness test to take his place as well.

The Rangers have generally been very good on the European stage and hope to make it to the squads for the third year in a row, but this is arguably their biggest test in qualifying under Gerrard.

Ranger team: McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Helander, Barisic, Kamara, Davis, Arfield, Hagi, Morelos, Kent

Submarines: McLaughlin, Bassey, Jones, Jack, Itten, Defoe, Balogun

Galatasaray team: Fatih Ozturk, Elabdellaoui, Luyindama, Marcao, Linnes, Taylan Antalyali, Feghouli, Emre, Belhanda, Babel, Falcao

Submarines: Okan Kocuk, Etebo, Donk, Omer Bayram, Emre Tasdemir, Sekidika, Diagne


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