Gerrard’s Rangers crash out of Champions League

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Glasgow Rangers have been knocked out of the Uefa Champions League by Malmo.

The Scottish champions went into the tie needing one goal after losing 2-1 in the first leg.

Rangers immediately levelled the tie through Alfredo Morelos’s early strike, and things went from bad to worse for Malmo when Bonke Innocent was sent off before half-time.

Despite being a man down, the Swedish side took control of the game when Antonio Colak scored twice in four minutes and Rangers, despite dominating the ball and creating a fistful of chances, were unable to respond.

Now a Europa League play-off awaits against Kazakhstan’s Kairat Almaty or Alashkert of Armenia next week as Rangers becomes the second Scottish side to be knocked out after Celtic’s defeat by Denmark’s FC Midtjylland.

“We did really well for 45 minutes, but we got two restarts badly wrong and paid for it,” Gerrard told the club’s official website.

“The most frustrating part is we’ve lost the second half to 10 men. To be 1-0 up and then go 2-1 down, a bit of fear and panic set in. We’ve got the second-half performance wrong and that’s on all of us.

“We’ve lost three games out of four and, at Rangers, that’s not good enough.”

Gerrard had rallied the fans in recent days to ensure a noisy reception would help keep their Champions League dreams alive.

The supporters answered the call with the stadium’s first sell-out since March 2020. The Gers will now look to defend their league title and put this disappointing result behind them.

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By FARPost Reporter