Rangers’ Europa League rivals Red Star Belgrade achieved what the Ibrox club couldn’t and cut the gap at the top of their domestic league with a win over fierce Serbian rivals Partizan.

The Gers flopped at Ibrox to throw away a 2-0 lead against Motherwell to draw 2-2 and surrender yet more points in the title run-in after Celtic had slipped up away to Hibs.

A victory would’ve cut the lead to a single point but as things stand Celtic sit three points clear with a vastly superior goal difference.

The bitterly disappointing result massively takes the shine off the club’s European exploits and the daggers are out for an underperforming team and management who’ve now won only 13 of the last 24 domestic points.

If things don’t change, the club’s playing and staffing structure will and more than ever this season the pressure is on to deliver.

Red Star Belgrade earn vital win over Partizan

The one saving grace has been European competition and up next in the Europa League Last 16 is a trip to the famous hostile Red Star Stadium and Serbian capital Belgrade.

But as Rangers were chucking it against the Fir Park club, Red Star were grabbing their opportunity to cut the gap in Serbia as they hosted league leaders and fierce rivals Partizan.

Red Star took care of business in the first half of the match with goals from Norwegian forward Ohi Omoijuanfo and Serbian star Aleksandar Katai had them 2-0 up at half time in the Eternal Derby.

Holding firm where Rangers could not, the Belgrade outfit would see out the second half without conceding before Serbian midfielder Saša Zdjelar saw red for Partizan.

The result cuts the lead at the top of the Serbian SuperLiga to two points with all to play for as the campaign enter its final furlong.

Rangers face a tough test against Red Star Belgrade and when the Serbs come to visit, they’ll be taking one £3m Ibrox-linked free-scoring midfielder with them.

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