Rangers defeated Brondby 2-0 at Ibrox in the Europa League on Thursday night to get off the mark in Group A and bank some handy UEFA prize money.

Goals from Leon Balogun and Kemar Roofe gave the Gers a 2-0 lead by the 30-minute mark and an early second-half scare aside, Brondby never really looked like getting back into the game.

Rangers FC v Brondby IF: Group A - UEFA Europa League

Balogun scored his first competitive goal for Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Allan McGregor didn’t have a save to make and the winning margin could have been greater.

Alfredo Morelos hit the post in the first half, while Scott Arfield struck the bar and Joe Aribo had a clear penalty turned down in the second.

The win moved the Gers off bottom spot and into third in the group, just a point behind second-placed Sparta Prague.

It also earned the club their first prize money since qualifying for the tournament proper.

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The victory banked Rangers a cool €630k (£533k) [UEFA], which constitutes a decent financial boost, especially after another transfer window passed by in the summer without any major player sales.

Rangers FC v Brondby IF: Group A - UEFA Europa League

Rangers earned around half a million pounds in UEFA prize money by defeating Brondby. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Now that Steven Gerrard’s side are up and running in the competition, they’ll be eyeing more victories and there’s plenty more prize money on offer in Group A.

Wins in all three of their remaining fixtures would see them pocket an additional €1.89m (£1.60m).

Qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition would also trigger a bonus payment. This year, all group winners will receive €1.1m (£941k), while all runners-up will be awarded €550k (£470k) each.

Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard has confirmed a big Rangers player blow ahead of Sunday’s fixture against St Mirren.

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