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On Tuesday, in the first qualifying round of the Europa League, the return matches. In the stadium “Arena Filipi II” in Skopje receives the Macedonian club FK Shkupi the Scottish runner Glasgow Rangers. The home game against the club from the capital of Macedonia on Thursday was the first competitive match for the “Gers” under new coach Steven Gerrard. But the Scots were very hard on the outsider. In the end, although a 2-0 home win for the Glasgow Rangers on the scoreboard, but the performance was quite a mood killer in the Scottish city. The euphoria under the new coach was a huge damper. Now the Rangers have to see that history does not repeat itself in Macedonia. Last season, Glasgow was hit in the first round of the Europa League qualification to the great outsider Progrès Niederkorn from Luxembourg. After a 1-0 home win in the first leg of the Hellblauen retired with a 0-2 in the second leg yet. But we do not expect it and tend to Shkupi against the Glasgow Rangers to tip for the away win.
The outsider Shkupi was quite satisfied with his performance at the Ibrox Stadium. Although you missed a surprise, but could keep up very well with the Rangers. Especially at the beginning of the second half, the team of coach Zekirja Ramadani could even dominate the game. In the end you lost by a last-minute penalty with 0: 2. But the coach was very satisfied with his team. There are still 90 minutes left to play and nothing has been decided yet. The penalty kick of the German referee Christian Dingert, however, was strongly criticized by the responsible of the FK Shkupi. No one else in the stadium except the referee saw a foul in this situation. With a video proof the whistle would surely have been corrected.
Nevertheless, the coach believes in his team. The FK Shupi, which was re-founded in 2012 by a merger of the clubs FK Sloga Jugomagnat Skopje and FC Albarsa, will take part in this season for the first time in the Europa League qualification. The past season was completed in fourth place in the Prva Makedonska Liga, the highest Macedonian league. However, the distance at the end of the season to the champion Shkendija Tetovo was 40 points. Shkupi’s predecessor Sloga Jugomagnat had already taken part in the European Cup qualifiers nine times, but never got past the second round. Can the team of coach Ramadani now create the sensation?
When the Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard took over the Rangers coaching staff, the euphoria in Glasgow had been great. The 114-time England international was to shorten the Rangers’ distance to city rivals Celtic at his first head coaching position. The Green and Whites had become champions in Scotland last season for the seventh time in a row. The lead in the final table on the “Gers” betrayed 13 points. In addition, Celtic has been without defeat against the Rangers for six years and won the last city derby 5-0. But now it hailed great criticism of the Rangers first official performance. The goal for the 2-0 final score fell only by a penalty in the 92nd minute. The guests also had bad luck with a batting hit. Especially in the second round, the home side let the underdog too much come into play. Gerrard had put six of his nine summer newcomers in the starting eleven. Of course you have to give the team time to integrate so many new players.
But alarms are already ringing among the experts. The Glasgow Rangers would still make the old mistakes. Especially in the midfield, you have shown no speed at all. So you could never shorten the gap to Celtic. Since the bankruptcy and compulsory descent into the fourth Scottish league in 2012, the “Gers” are trying to get back on top of Scottish football. But the way is long and arduous. Only in the season 2015/16, the Rangers managed to re-emerge in the first Scottish league. In the first season after the rise Glasgow finished third, in the last year runner-up. Hope in the first leg was the substitution of 18-year-old Glenn Middleton, who brought a lot of momentum from the bench in the game of the guests. Lee Wallace has to watch because of an injury. New signings Umar Sadiq and Lassana Coulibaly are not yet eligible to play.
Shkupi vs Rangers head to head matches
12.07.18 EL Rangers Shkupi 2 : 0