Rangers have opened their Europa League group stage campaign with an impressive win over Standard Liege in Belgium thanks to goals from James Tavernier and Kemar Roofe.

Tavernier scored from the penalty spot after 18 minutes before Roofe’s strike from halfway in injury time to seal the three points as the Gers put in a composed performance.

Standard Liege v Rangers: Group D - UEFA Europa League

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Despite a massive rain shower interrupting the flow of the game, Rangers looked assured against the Belgians and will now look to make it two wins from two next week when they welcome Lech Poznan to Ibrox.

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Steven Gerrard will have been delighted with the way his side controlled the game against Standard after making three changes from the Old Firm win last weekend.

With a quick turnaround to Sunday’s Scottish Premiership clash with Livingston, Gerrard will immediately have to turn his attention to Gary Holt’s side.

Before we turn our focus to Livi though, here are three talking points from the clash with Standard:


Rangers missed Filip Helander at the back

The Swedish defender had to make do with a place on the bench as Leon Balogun came back into the side but the Rangers back four looked a bit less composed for his absence.

While Balogun hardly had a poor game, Helander has a certain coolness and ability to read the game that the Nigerian international lacks.

Since returning to the side after a long-ter injury, Helander has quickly shown just how good a player he is and it was perfectly evident in Liege.


Even Connor Goldson looked a bit less like his usual self without Helander alongside him and the Swede will surely return to the starting XI at the weekend against Livingston.

Alfredo Morelos looks like he’s short of confidence

Morelos is never really one who looks short of confidence but in recent weeks the Colombian hasn’t seemed quite himself at times and seems to be second-guessing what he is doing.

He is still making a nuisance of himself and causing problems for opposition defenders but there are times when you’d expect him to take a shot where he looks for the pass instead.

Gerrard could decide to take him out of the starting XI for the weekend’s clash with Livingston and, after seeing Kemar Roofe score from halfway, he has a few different options at his disposal.

Rangers look incredibly comfortable in Europe

Surprisingly tonight was Rangers’ first win away from home under Gerrard in the group stages but the Gers have looked really comfortable in Europe in the last few seasons.

Standard’s impressive home form in Europe – they hadn’t lost at home in six years – shows how impressive Rangers’ performance was and is just the latest in a long line of similar.

Saturday’s Old Firm win had shades of a European performance too but it is clear that the Light Blues don’t fear anyone in Europe just now.

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