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• Europa League qualifier: Rangers 2 Shkupi 0
• Jamie Murphy and James Tavernier on target

Steven Gerrard’s first competitive match in charge of Rangers would always prove instructive. Gerrard and his players are not quite in the position whereby a Europa League qualifying second leg in Macedonia next week will be a formality, as was surely the aim before a ball was kicked here. That, in itself, speaks towards the levels of improvement needed if Rangers are to become any kind of force once more. Given the scale of rebuilding job he will have to oversee, baby steps are perhaps inevitable.

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