Rangers 1-0 Lech Poznan RECAP: Sub Morelos heads Europa League winner after replacing Roofe
Rangers hosted Lech Poznan in the matchday two of the Europa League group stage, aiming to maintain a record that stretches back to Walter Smith’s time in the Rangers manager’s office.
Ibrox had not seen a home group stage defeat since Manchester United took three points in a 1-0 win back in season 2009-10, and Steven Gerrard was looking for more of the same with the visit of the Polish runners-up.
Not only that, but the Gers boss was hoping for a similar outcome to the last time a team from Poland dropped by on Edmiston Drive – when Rangers earned last season’s group section place with a late win over Legia Warsaw in front of a raucous crowd.
There were no fans in owing to the on-going coronavirus restrictions but that wouldn’t deter Rangers who have made an unbeaten beginning to this season, sans spectators, and sit top of the SPFL Premiership with 29 points from 11 games.
After a positive result in the Belgian bath of Liege last week, the weather was just as wet and wild in Glasgow in the build-up to the evening’s 8pm kick-off under the lights at Ibrox and Rangers could go top of the section depending on Benfica’s result in Lisbon against Liege. They head to Portugal next week for a top of the section clash.
We had all the build-up to tonight’s match, live updates and full-time report from the ground, and followed up with all the post-match analysis, ratings and reaction from the game.
Kick off was at 8pm.
Rangers 1-0 Lech Poznan FULL TIME
Last updated: Thursday, 29 October, 2020, 20:24
- UEFA Europa League Group D
- Morelos replaces Roofe after 60 mins and heads winner
- Full-time 1-0; Half-time 0-0
Hello and welcome to The Scotsman’s live coverage of Rangers’ first home group stage match of the 2020-21 Europa League.
We’ll have all the build-up, live updates and post-match reaction from a wet and windy Ibrox.
Steven Gerrard, Rangers manager
"It will be a tough game but one we're certainly looking forward to and it's coming at a good time because of the place we're in."
Bongani Zungu IS available to Steven Gerrrd after the SOuth African’s quarantine period ended earlier this week and the midfielder joined his team-mates for training on Wednesday.
He’s included in the Europa League squad, but unlikely to be involved in much capacity tonight.
However, here’s what Rangers fans can look forward to when the 29-times capped Bafana Bafana man gets up to speed
They’ve had to be patient, but Rangers fans finally got to see new signing Bongani Zungu in the famous Light Blue jersey on Wednesday.
Here’s what Steven Gerrard had to say in his pre-match press conference yesterday
Who are Lech Poznan?
Here’s the lowdown on the Polish visitors to Ibrox tonight
Rangers up against ex-Celtic defender and hot-shot Swedish striker in Europa League clash with Lech Poznan
Rangers host Lech Poznan in their second game of the Europa League group stage.
📺 Want to watch it?
We’ll have plenty going on in the blog all through tonight’ game… BUT if you really wanted to watch the action, here’s how.
Rangers will put a commendable European record on the line when Lech Poznan visit Ibrox on Thursday night in matchday two of the UEFA Europa League group stage.
🔞 Bookies odds
💵 The bookmakers have installed Rangers as firm favourites tonight.
Steven Gerrard’s side are BEST PRICED at 3/10 (William Hill, Bet365, Skybet) - Poznan are as big as 19/2 (BetVictor) while the draw is 9/2 (bet365).
First goalscorers include
- Alfredo Morelos at 10/3
- James Tavernier 15/2
- Scott Arfield 9/1
- Ianis Hagi 15/2
Bizarrely you can also stick some cash on Jordan Jones and Jermain Defoe with Bet365 - even though they have NO chance of playing!
Ryan Kent’s been fairly quiet - by his own high standards remember - these past few weeks.
The team lines are due in around half an hour, and surely he’ll still be heavily involved tonight.
But Steven Gerrard has had his say on the winger’s form and potential for an international call.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard believes his in-form winger Ryan Kent is in a long queue of wide men waiting for the opportunity to play for England.
Team is out
And here’s the Lech Poznan team - including former Celtic man Thomas Rogne
Here’s what you said to the match line-up
'Big call resting Helander and Morelos': Rangers fans react to Europa League starting line-up v Lech Poznan
Steven Gerrard made five changes to the Rangers team which defeated Livingston 2-0 on Sunday, for the visit of Lech Poznan.
Roofe’s been pushing himself in training and beginning to look sharper
Rangers march, single file, down the Ibrox tunnel, followed by the Poznan squad.
The teams will wear alternate strips - Rangers in blue tops, white shorts and black and red socks, while Poznan will be the inverse - blue shorts and white shirts.
Underway at Ibrox and already Rangers are on the attack
2 - Corner
A delicious delivery from Barisic on the left is headed out by Thomas Rogne for a corner.
Tavernier takes the set-piece but it’s cleared by the Poles.