Rangers marked Steven Gerrard’s first competitive match as manager with victory over Macedonian side FK Shkupi in the first leg of the Europa League first round qualifier. Jamie Murphy’s opener was the least the home side deserved for a bright first-half display. More subdued after the break, Rangers got the crucial second goal courtesy of a late James Tavernier penalty. The second leg takes place in Skopje on Tuesday 17 July. Gerrard had warned in the build-up he would not tolerate a repeat of the complacency which contributed to the humiliating aggregate defeat to Luxembourg minnows Progres Niederkorn at this stage of the competition last season.
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