LiveScottish clubs in Europa League LIVE: Terrific Kent performance has Rangers 4-0 up, late Elyounoussi goal wins it for Celtic, Motherwell crash out in Israel, Aberdeen trail Sporting

Live updates as four Scottish clubs look to advance to the next round of Europa League qualifying.

Thursday, 24th September 2020, 5:11 pm
Updated Thursday, 24th September 2020, 9:35 pm
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard at Glasgow Airport on Wednesday before his side flew out to the Netherlands. Picture: SNS
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard at Glasgow Airport on Wednesday before his side flew out to the Netherlands. Picture: SNS

There are four Scottish clubs in action on Tuesday night looking to make it to the play-off round of the Europa League and one match from the group stages.

Celtic and Rangers will be fancied to make it through their ties. Neil Lennon’s side travel to Riga, while Steven Gerrard will see his team take on Willem II in the Netherlands.

Celtic: Get the latest team news, match previews and reports

Celtic: Get the latest team news, match previews and reports

Motherwell face a daunting prospect task away to Israeli side Hapoel Beer-Sheva, who gave Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic quite a scare in the Champions League play-off round as recently as 2016.

Not quite as daunting as Aberdeen, though, who have to travel to Portuguese giants Sporting. However, there is hope for Derek McInnes’ men that they could pull off an upset, with the home side hit hard by positive Covid-19 tests.

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We’re all done here!

Rangers have defeated Willem II 4-0 in Tilburg.

Aberdeen, despite putting up a valiant effort, have lost to Sporting in Lisbon 1-0.

Celtic huffed and puffed and finally made their past Riga 1-0.

And Motherwell were made to rue a couple of missed opportunities while the game was still in the balance in Israel, finally going down 3-0 and having Declan Gallagher sent off.

A strong run from Jones and pick-up finds Hagi streaking into the box. He has time and space to make it 5-0 but gets his shot all wrong, ballooning it over the bar.

Helander nearly had his second of the game but was denied by a strong stop by Robbin Ruiter in goal.

Cedric Itten is on for Morelos.

Willem II thought they had themselves a consolation. Pavlidis is denied by a superb save from McGregor but is able to bundle it over the line - only for the assistant referee to rule it out. Replays show it was the correct decision as the striker knocked it over the line with his hand.

Calvin Bassey is on for Barisic. Another performance where the Croatian looked a bit subdued, but at least it didn’t cost Rangers anything tonight.

Kent is finished for the day. It was an excellent performance from the attacker. He won the penalty for the first, scored the second, crossed for the third and played a part in the move which led to the fourth.

Jordan Jones is on in his place. Seeing as his Ibrox career was supposed to be over this summer, this appears to be a victory cigar in human form.

A nice move on the counter-attack leads to Morelos having a shot blocked for a corner.

From the resulting set-piece, Tavernier swings it in and Connor Goldson is there at the back post to head home.

Aberdeen are no longer looking like they will be able to get back into this one. Sporting have settled and are in full control, pinning the Dons in deep and hunting for a second to kill the game off.

Kent with a terrific clipped cross into the penalty area following a set-piece. Fillip Helander is the only player to rise for the ball and he plants it with his head into the far corner.

McGregor forced into an early save with his feet less than two minutes into the second half.

Second halves are underway

Rangers just need to see out a 2-0 advantage, while Aberdeen have it all to do in Lisbon.

It’s half-time in Tilburg and Lisbon. Rangers lead by two goals to nil, while Aberdeen trail Sporting 1-0.

35 - Great save from McGregor

Dries Saddiki should score after being played in by Pavlidis but it’s a top save from the Rangers goalkeeper as he sprawls down low to his left.

Glen Kamara with a great weaving run into the penalty area. Gets to the byline but can’t pick out a team-mate with the cross.

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