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Rangers secure vital win on an emotional evening at Ibrox
For you Fernando: Sheyi Ojo after opening the scoring (pic: SNS Group)
Rangers 1 Feyenoord 0
Rennes 1 Celtic 1
On a poignant night at Ibrox as both clubs remembered former Rangers captain Fernando Ricksen, the hosts carved out the victory befitting the occasion.
The former skipper passed away yesterday aged just 43 after a long battle against MND and a minute’s silence was observed before kick-off.
Once the action began, a superb first-half strike from Sheyi Ojo was enough to get the Light Blues off to the perfect start in Group G.
It was a thoroughly deserved win on an emotional Ibrox evening, with the home side dominating their Dutch opponents for the majority of the game.
They could even afford the luxury of missing an early penalty, with James Tavernier hitting the post after just 10 minutes.
“I thought Feyenoord edged us in the second half in terms of possession but the lads have played out my game plan,” said boss Steven Gerrard. “I thought Alfredo was unplayable at times. He was outstanding.
“In terms of experience between the two teams, Feyenoord have more experience than us. They’ve been playing at this level for a lot longer. So I’m very pleased with my players. They deserve a lot of credit.”
Rangers: McGregor, Tavernier, Helander, Goldson, Barisic, Kamara (Aribo), Davis, Jack, Ojo (Barker), Morelos, Arfield (King).
Goals: Ojo (24).
Other Group G result: Porto 2, Young Boys 1.
Celtic survived being reduced to 10 men in France to bring a valuable point back to Glasgow.
Behind to a Niang penalty after 38 minutes, the Hoops hit back from the spot after the break when Ryan Christie levelled things.
Bayo’s dismissal for a second yellow card in injury time took a little of the shine of an excellent result for the Scottish champions.
Given some of their recent results away from home in Europe, Celtic will be thinking it was a job well done.
Lennon, however, reckoned his team deserved at least a share of the spoils after more than matching their hosts.
“I thought we were the better team. I was disappointed to come into half-time a goal down,” he said.
“We lacked composure in the final third in the first-half. We were just rushing things a bit. I asked the players for a reaction at the break and we certainly got one. We thoroughly merited a point if not the three.”
Celtic: Forster, Elhamed, Ajer, Jullien, Bolingoli (Hayes), Brown, McGregor, Forrest, Christie, Elyounoussi (Ntcham), Edouard (Bayo).
Goals: Rennes – Niang (pen, 38); Celtic – Christie (pen, 59).
Other Group E result: CFR Cluj 2 Lazio 1.