RANGERS have certified for the Europa League final 32 for the second season in a row after successful a five-goal thriller at Ibrox.
The three-2 victory over Normal Liege sees the Mild Blues into the knockout levels as they safe European soccer after Christmas as soon as once more.
Scott Arfield grabbed Rangers’ winner at Ibrox with very good aimCredit score: AFP or licensors
The Belgian’s twice took the lead at Ibrox solely to be pegged again earlier than Scott Arfield grabbed the winner as Steven Gerrard’s males prolonged their lengthy unbeaten run in all competitions.
The house facet bought off to the worst potential begin with the guests taking the lead after simply six minutes.
An excellent ball into the hazard space offered Maxime Lestienne with golden alternative and he made no mistake as he beat Allan McGregor – on his document breaking night time – from shut vary.
The guests regarded very assured within the early exchanges as they moved the ball round properly and continued to place stress on the house defence with Gerrard’s males struggling to place collectively any actual rhythm.
Connor Goldson netted Rangers’ first equaliserCredit score: Willie Vass – The Solar
Rangers’ first effort at aim did not arrive till after half-hour however Ryan Kent’s shot from the sting of the field went properly vast.
Alfredo Morelos then had the Mild Blues’ first shot on the right track a couple of minutes later after a beautiful flick from Scott Arfield nevertheless it was a easy save from Arnaud Bodart.
James Tavernier grabbed his fifteenth aim of the season from the spot Credit score: Willie Vass – The Solar
Liege continued to look harmful on the break with loads of tempo of their attacking play because the Scottish Premiership leaders went on the hunt for a leveller.
And it arrived with six minutes of the first-half to play.
Borna Barisic – who’s at all times a hazard from set-pieces – whipped in a nook to the again put up space and Connor Goldson was available to go throughout aim with an excellent end.
Nevertheless, simply 46 seconds later the guests had been again in entrance.
Cop smashed into the put up after scoring Normal’s second
One other beautiful attacking cross into the field was missed by Leon Balogun and Duje Cop was available on the again put up to knock the ball into an empty internet.
The Normal man took a sore one as he collided with the put up and was substituted at half-time.
McGregor was overwhelmed early within the sport on his record-breaking night timeCredit score: Willie Vass – The Solar
Arfield had a half-chance to convey Gerrard and Co stage simply two minutes later however his half-volley flew excessive over the bar.
Proper on the stroke of half-time Rangers had been offered with an enormous alternative to stage as soon as once more from the penalty spot after Kemar Roofe’s goal-bound effort was dealt with.
James Tavernier stepped up and fired dwelling from 12-yards to seize his second aim within the group levels and his fifteenth of the season.
Just like the first-half Normal began brightly and threatened with a few early crosses into the Rangers field however the Ibrox facet stood agency.
Allan McGregor broke Barry Ferguson’s European look documentCredit score: Willie Vass – The Solar
McGregor – who has made numerous huge saves for Rangers in his time on the membership – made one other as he denied Abdoul Tapsoba along with his legs.
Rangers’ first actual probability of the second interval arrived after the hour and what an incredible transfer it was.
A superb passage of play involving Kamara and Kent ended up with the latter taking part in a superb cut-back to Arfield – who was available to expertly information the ball into the underside nook with a primary time end.
Tavernier then went near his second of the sport however his free-kick from 20-yards was pushed away by the visiting goalkeeper.
Bodart then pulled off an unimaginable save from a Barisic free-kick to maintain his facet within the sport at Ibrox.
He then denied Goldson his second of the match with one other sensible cease.
Roofe had the possibility to place the icing on the cake for the hosts with 5 minutes remaining however that man Bodart was available once more to tug off one other wonderful save.
The guests – who wanted to win to maintain hopes of reaching the following stage alive – tried to discover a method again into the sport however had been unable to interrupt down the house defence.
Subsequent up for Gerrard and Co is Lech Poznan with prime spot within the part up for grabs with each Rangers and Benfica sitting on 11 factors.