RANGERS can be SEEDED for the Europa League final 32 after selecting up a 2-0 win over Lech Poznan.
Steven Gerrard’s much-changed aspect went into the sport understanding they might be assured of prime spot within the group so long as they matched Benfica’s end result as a consequence of their head-to-head file over the Portuguese giants.
Cedric Itten scored a cracker to set Rangers on option to victory
The striker left the Poznan keeper helpless with this rocketCredit score: AFP
And an outstanding purpose from Cedric Itten and an in depth vary header from Ianis Hagi made positive the Gentle Blues will keep away from a few of Europe’s massive hitters within the first knockout spherical of the competitors.
Benfica drew 2-2 of their recreation in opposition to Customary Liege to make the group desk look even sweeter for the Ibrox devoted.
Victory additionally sees Rangers lengthen their lengthy unbeaten run in all competitions this season and finish the group stage marketing campaign with 4 wins and two attracts.
Connor Goldson, Leon Balogun, Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo have been the one gamers to retain their spot from the 4-0 win over Ross County as Gerrard handed out a lot wanted minutes to quite a few his fringe-men.
The Ibrox boss hinted at adjustments within the build-up to the sport with Dundee United within the Premiership at Tannadice in simply three days.
Jon McLaughlin, who changed Allan McGregor in purpose, was compelled into an early save as he saved out Pedro Tiba’s effort.
Rangers stopper Goldson will get caught inCredit score: Reuters
The house aspect had an enormous probability to open the scoring after quarter-hour however Lubomir Satka headed over the bar from close-range.
Rangers loved a very good spell of possession simply earlier than the half hour mark as they seemed to create their first actual probability at purpose after an early long-range effort within the opening minutes of the sport from Bongani Zungu.
Cedric Itten had a half probability after gathering a ball from Nathan Patterson however his effort was nicely blocked by the house defence.
However simply moments later the striker hit an outstanding opener for the guests.
Zungu impressed for Rangers in midfieldCredit score: Reuters
The striker went on a driving run into the Poznan field earlier than unleashing an unstoppable shot into the roof of the web.
Ianis Hagi was inches away from doubling Rangers’ benefit three minutes earlier than half-time however his strike took a slight nick because it simply went handed the right-hand publish.
The Romanian had an opportunity contained in the opening 5 minutes of the second interval however his tame effort was simply gathered by Filip Bednarek.
Itten then carried out nicely to carry off a defender however was unable to steer his header on course because the Gentle Blues dominated the opening exchanges.
Rangers star Scott Arfield places a problem inCredit score: Reuters
McLaughlin was compelled into his first save of the second half on 56 minutes when he did nicely to push away a harmful Tymoteusz Puchacz free-kick.
With 20 minutes to play Rangers double their benefit and made positive of the victory and prime spot within the group.
A Borna Barisic free-kick was met by Goldson however his header got here off the underside of the bar however Hagi was available to move residence from inches out.
Moments later the Romania worldwide went shut as soon as once more from distance. A effective piece of talent prime drop the shoulder offered him with the possibility to have a strike at purpose however his effort was nicely saved.
Rangers seemed so as to add a 3rd late on with Alfredo Morelos claiming for a penalty 5 minutes from time however the referee waved away the protests.