Rangers secured their place in the Europa League Round of 32 with a 3-2 win over Standard Liege in a frantic encounter at Ibrox.

With the influential Ryan Jack still unavailable, Steven Gerrard named the same XI that faced Benfica last week, while Philippe Montanier made four alterations to the side that drew 0-0 with Anderlecht on Sunday.

Rangers v Standard Liege: Group D - UEFA Europa League

Steven Gerrard pictured ahead of Rangers vs Standard Liege in the Europa League. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Gers carried a 23-match unbeaten run into the contest while Les Rouches had only won two of their last ten, but it was the visitors who dominated the opening stages and they took the lead in the 6th minute.

Duje Čop found space on the left and whipped an excellent ball into the six-yard box, which Maxime Lestienne knocked past record-breaker Allan McGregor.

It was an uncharacteristically disjointed first half an hour from Rangers, but they soon burst into life in a crazy seven-minute spell.


Connor Goldson emphatically headed home a Borna Barisic corner in the 39th minute and although Čop bundled home a second for the visitors in a near-immediate response, James Tavernier ensured his side headed into the break on level terms by notching his 15th goal of the season from the penalty spot, following a handball from Lestienne.

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James Tavernier scores from the spot. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The hosts switched to a 4-4-2 for the second half and they produced the best move of the game to go 3-2 up in the 63rd minute.

Glen Kamara found Ryan Kent with a well-disguised reverse pass and the left-winger cut the ball back for Scott Arfield, who planted a first-time finish into the bottom right corner.

Arnaud Bodart made four superb saves in the final 20 minutes to keep his side in the contest, but the Gers still got over the line and remain well-placed to win Group D.

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