Rangers’ European campaign came to an embarrassing end, after they were rejected from the first qualifying round of the Europa League by Luxembourg outfit Progres Niederkorn, who had finished fourth in their National Division last season.
The Scottish club had waited six years to get back into Europe and six day later they crashed out 2-1 on aggregate, to a side that hadn’t won a single European game in 13 previous attempts, managing one goal and conceding 41 goals in the process
After last season’s troubled campaign, the Light Blues had travelled to Luxembourg, only needing a goal to go through after taking a 1-0 first-leg lead with them, but ended up humiliated in front of 3,000 travelling fans, in a game which will go down as one of their worst ever abroad.
It had started well, in control from the off they had their first shot on target after just five minutes as Kenny Miller’s effort was blocked at the near post by keeper Sebastian Flauss.
But with temperatures of 25 degrees pitchside at kick-off, the upbeat tempo of the team dropped and after 66 minutes of the game fell behind after forward Emmanuel Françoise converted the captain Sebastien Thill’s corner.
The Gers conceded once more 9 minutes later as Thill added a free-kick to giving his club only their second and third goals in in European competition.
Niko Kranjcar, substitute Josh Windass and Kenny Miller all hit the woodwork for Rangers but there was to be no rescue act as the Scottish Premier League side slumped out.
Midfielder Jordan Rossiter told Rangers TV that his side were simply not good enough on the night.
“It is massively disappointing, I cannot apologise to the fans enough, we simply weren’t good enough tonight and all the lads know that.” he said.
“We know we have let ourselves down and we have let the whole club down and we have let the fans down who have paid good money to come out here and travel.”