GARETH McAuley said the Rangers players were proud of the fans and themselves after they fell out of the Europa League in their final group game.

A 1-0 defeat at the hands of Rapid Vienna and McAuley said the players were already talking about next season’s competition.

He spoke to RangersTV after the result: “There are mixed emotions from the boys, they have been going a long time since the qualifying stages.

“They are disappointed, they are also proud though and they are talking about next year already which is a good thing.

“They have had a taste of it now and it is the first time a lot of the players have had a taste of European football and they have enjoyed it.

“There wasn’t an awful lot in that game I didn’t think so we are disappointed and frustrated that we aren’t going into the last 32 but the lads are proud.

“They are self-critical because they felt earlier on the group they could have had a few more points. It is disappointing.

“The supporters have been incredible, I think there were 2000 that actually got into the ground and whatever who travelled over, an incredible amount whatever the number.

“The way they follow the team is testament to the club and the backing they give us is amazing, it gives you a real buzz. Every player in there is proud of how the supporter’s come out and back us.”

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