Scott Arfield and James Tavernier scored within seven minutes of each other to secure a Europa League group stage place for Rangers against Galatasaray – and the Gers players were among a number of Ibrox stars who impressed.

Rangers made two changes from the 5-1 thrashing of Motherwell at the weekend as Borna Barisic and Ianis Hagi returned to the starting XI for the clash with Fatih Terim’s side.

The Gers controlled the early stages of the game, creating several chances at goal but couldn’t make their dominance pay, with the visitors finding their footing and making it much more of a contest after the opening 20 minutes.

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FBL-EUR-C3-QUALIFIER-RANGERS-GALATASARAY Rangers' English defender James Tavernier celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League qualifying round football match between Rangers FC and Galatasaray at the Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow on October 1, 2020. (Photo by Ian MacNicol / POOL / AFP)

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Neither side could break the deadlock before the break, with both keepers having fairly quiet opening 45s, despite there being plenty of attacking talent on show at Ibrox.

It only took seven minutes after the restart for someone to score though as Arfield fired home after an excellent bit of attacking play by the Gers with Tavernier doubling the lead seven minutes later.

Fatih Terim’s side pulled one back with three minutes to go but Rangers held firm to see out the win.

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Rangers will now take their place in tomorrow’s draw and there will be plenty for Gerrard to be happy with over his side’s showing against the Turkish giants tonight.

Here is how the Light Blues performed against Galatasaray:

Allan McGregor – 7

Fairly quiet night for the keeper and reacted well when he was needed. Can’t have expected such a quiet night against Falcao.

James Tavernier – 8

The captain has been in great goalscoring form recently and made it seven goals from seven games and virtually assure the Gers’ place in the group stage. Ran himself into the ground. An outstanding shift from the skipper.

 

Connor Goldson – 8

Centre-back marshalled the back-four really well and continued his excellent partnership beside Goldson. Another impressive European performance from the former Brighton star.

Filip Helander – 7

Kept Falcao quiet for long spells as the Colombian striker struggled to make an impact in the opening 45. Could have got a goal but won’t be too worried about that after a strong defensive performance.

Borna Barisic – 7

Got a bit of a hard time by Feghouli early on but recovered and grew into the game. Despite struggling a little defensively, he was his usual attacking self, crossing to Tavernier for the second

Steven Davis – 7

The veteran midfielder had a much tougher night than he did against Motherwell at the weekend. Uses the ball so well and his experience shone through at times when the visitors tried to get back into the game.

Scott Arfield – 8

Brilliant early link with Tavernier set the tone for an impressive night. Runs from midfield were a constant threat and the Canadian got a deserved goal 52 minutes in. Really grabbed his opportunity in the side so far this season.

Rangers v Galatasaray: UEFA Europa League Play-Off GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 01: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers is challenged by Marcao of Galatasaray during the UEFA Europa League play-off match between Rangers and Galatasaray at Ibrox Stadium on October 01, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors.

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Glen Kamara – 7

The Finnish midfielder rarely loses the ball and tonight was no exception as he provided a solid base for others to get forward. Done his job perfectly tonight as Rangers reached the groups.

Ryan Kent – 8

Threatened to burst into life several times in the first half and looked like he was going to be the man who would make the difference for Rangers. Such an important player and seems to get even better on the big stage.

Ianis Hagi – 8

Started against his boyhood heroes, showed plenty of endeavour and his fantastic ball sent Arfield through to score. Those sort of moments are exactly why Hagi was brought to Ibrox. Brilliant in the second half before being replaced by Ryan Jack.

Alfredo Morelos – 6

Worked really hard to cause problems for the Galatasaray defence but his decision-making let him down a couple of times in the final third. Probably Rangers’ worst performer but far from terrible.

Substitutes: Ryan Jack (5) Replaced Hagi for the final 15 minutes as he makes his comeback from injury. Cedric Itten(5) On for Morelos in the final minutes.

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