Europa League

Morelos equals McCoist’s European scoring record

History: Morelos (pic: SNS Group)

Rangers 1 Lech Poznan 0
Ibrox Stadium

Lille 2 Celtic 2
Stade Pierre Mauroy

Striker Alfredo Morelos bagged the only goal of the game to equal Ally McCoist’s European goal-scoring record.

The Colombian headed home minutes after coming off the bench to clinch victory for Steven Gerrard’s side, the 68th-minute effort his 21st in European competition.

It seems only a matter of time now until he plays himself into the Rangers record books.

Praising the front man’s contribution, Gerrard said: “Ally McCoist is a legend at the club. The difference is Ally went on to win many awards. We hope Alfredo can one day add medals to his collection as well because he’s a top class forward.”

Morelos’ goals last season were key in the Gers making the knockout stages and the win over the Poles has put them in the driving seat to repeat that feat.

They sit top of Group D alongside Benfica, 3-0 winners over Standard Liege, with two wins from two.

It wasn’t one of the Light Blues’ most stirring displays under the lights in Govan but the narrow win maintained their recent fine run of results.

“It was a good performance,” added Gerrard. “I thought we were very strong. We’ve beaten a good team tonight. It’s a big win and we start strong in the group.”

Celtic boss Neil Lennon saw his team earn their first point in Group H but was left frustrated they didn’t return from France with all three.

The visitors stormed into a surprise 2-0 half-time lead against the Ligue 1 leaders with a double from Elyounoussi.

However, the home side hit back with two goals in eight minutes midway through the second half, their equaliser coming from a deflection of Shane Duffy.

“I was delighted with our approach to the game,” Lennon said. “First-half, we were outstanding and on the counter-attack we could have won it.

“There were some great performances. It’s a point and keeps us very much alive in the group. It says a lot when you come here and are disappointed not to win.”

Celtic, now four games without a win, face Aberdeen in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup at Hampden Park on Sunday (2.30pm), the day after Hearts and Hibs go head-to-head in the other semi-final at the National Stadium (5pm).

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