It’s premature to say that Rangers have one foot in the Europa League quarter-finals but are ahead on away goals against Slavia Prague ahead of the return leg at Ibrox next Thursday

Their position was secured by a stellar save by Allan McGregor, who arched an arm behind his back to prevent a Lukas Masopust header from crossing the line in what would have been a final-minute winning goal for the home team

A draw was unlikely in the early stages as Rangers fell back on an early goal from Nicolae Stanciu Had Slavia taken advantage of the Rangers’ advantage the Rangers might have been out of competition before the break, but thanks to careful intervention from Ianis Hagi, who played the Providing compensation for Filip Helander, they were able to regroup sufficiently to reach the level

The Rangers pedigree in this season tournament was impressive – a run of 11 games without loss from the qualifiers through the group stage to a wild 9-5 overall win over Royal Antwerp in the first knockout round, their away record was also impressive: There were no defeats in six games Steven Gerrard’s players were clean in four games

But those performances weren’t repeated in the first half hour, which was arguably the worst of the season.The Rangers looked like they were still hungover from their weekend title celebrations They repeatedly misplaced passes or got possession of the ball and were unable to create width to put pressure on Slavia’s center-backs

So it wasn’t surprising they fell back after just six minutes The making of the train was a ball played for Peter Olayinka on the left to get a cutback in Nathan Patterson to keep Stanciu on the edge of the The Romanian looked up to see the gap between McGregor and his long post Stancius delivery was so precise that the goalkeeper was static on his line as the ball swept past McGregor

Shortly before half an hour he was exposed again when Borna Barisic stained Jan Kuchta on the edge of the penalty area with a free kick that Lukas Provod tried to sneak in at the near post. McGregor realized the danger and made a safe block

Rangers began to make their way on the other end and a free kick from Barisic forced the opening, regaining parity.His delivery was thrown back over gate by Connor Goldson and appeared to be out of the game but was hit by a Hagi cutback Played back into the danger zone so that Helander could roll the ball over the unguarded line

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The second half was much more even and both goalkeepers had to make crucial blocks In the 18th minute, Joe Aribo crossed Ryan Kent to make what looked like it would go just under the bar until Ondrej Kolar got just enough glove on the ball to push it far

The action then wavered from end to end until McGregor brought up yet another example of his remarkable stopping powers to give his team the advantage for the return leg

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