RANGERS are top of Europa League group G tonight following a dramatic draw at De Kuip against Feyenoord.

Trailing 1-0 at the break, Alfredo Morelos grabbed a sensational double to put the Light Blues into the lead before Luis Sinsterra netted his second of the game to send the fate of all four teams to matchday six.

A win there guarantees Gers finish top of the group, while a point at home to Young Boys will secure progression to the Last 32.

From the side which faced Hamilton Accies in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday, Steven Gerrard named three changes.

Out went Joe Aribo, Scott Arfield and the injured Jermain Defoe, with their places in the XI taken by Steven Davis, Sheyi Ojo and Alfredo Morelos.

The atmosphere in this old ground was deafening as the teams took to the field, and it was the Light Blues who had the first chance of the game inside three minutes.

A good break was led by Glen Kamara, and he passed forward to allow Ryan Kent to run at the home defence.

Alfredo Morelos made a good offer to his left, and after Kent neatly played him in, the Colombian scooped an effort just wide from a tight angle inside the area.

Dallying on the ball inside the area by Feyenoord presented the ball to Sheyi Ojo soon afterwads, and his cross was millimetres away from being connected-to by Morelos on the slide in the six-yard box.

At the other end, Allan McGregor made a quite remarkable save to deny Eric Botteghin from a header on a corner, while Leory Fer nodded the rebound against the junction of post and bar.

The home side were beginning to motor somewhat as the clock turned over to 20 minutes, and Luis Sinisterra missed a great opportunity, 12-yards out on the end of a Berghuis cross from the right.

Gers looked to have weathered that miniature storm, but on 34 minutes, with the aid of a massive deflection, Feyenoord took the lead.

Jens Toonstra worked the angle for a shot on the edge of the area, and, after taking a big hit off Filip Helander on the way through, it diverted from its course which looked well off-goal and into the net.

The home side took a huge lift from that, and McGregor was called-upon again to make a huge save from Berguis after he wriggled free to go one-on-one with the Ibrox keeper.

Gers held out to the break, but Feyenoord had another opportunity soon after the restart, with Fer seeing a shot from the edge of the area deflected wide.

This Rangers side are never, ever to be written off however, and on 53 minutes, they grabbed a wonderful equaliser.

A typically classy Steven Davis ball picked out Ryan Kent down the left, and he once again showed some incredible quality to dig out the most wonderful cross to the back post for Morelos.

The Colombian still had so, so much to do, however, but as he has done so many times this season, he managed to put the ball in the back of the net with terrific aplomb.

Getting above Marcos Senesi, he headed back across goalkeeper Nick Marsman and into the roof of the net to become the first Gers player to score in four consecutive European matches.

That was number 23 of the season for Morelos – and sensationally, number 24 arrived 11 minutes later.

Gers had totally dominated that period, and after the ball was worked to the left, Borna Barisic dug out a quite sensational cross, and getting between the two Feyenoord central defenders was Morelos with a sublime header which looped up and over Marsman.

That strike saw him move onto 13 Europa League strikes for the season – meaning he now holds the record for goals scored in Europe in a single season for a Scottish club.

Gers were in dreamland, and they continued to push for a third, and surely clinching goal. Against the run of play, though, Feyenoord drew level again.

Just four minutes later, Orkun Kokcu got a foot in on halfway to send Sinisterra clear with the ball. With the visitors left stretched, he showed super composure to lob McGregor despite the best efforts of Connor Goldson and Filip Helander with last-ditch tackles.

Substitute Luciano Narsingh poked an effort straight at McGregor in the final minute of normal time, but Gers weren’t tested too much in the closing stages, and saw the game out for the point rather comfortably.

 

 

RANGERS: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Helander, Barisic; Jack, Davis, Kamara; Ojo (Arfield, 77) Morelos, Kent.

SUBS: Foderingham, Edmundson, Flanagan, Aribo, Barker, Stewart.

FEYENOORD: Marsan, Senesi, Berghuis, Larsson (Narsingh, 69), Malacia, Sinisterra, Fer, Kokcu, Toornstra (Ayoub, 85), Botteghin, Geertruida.

SUBS: Evora, van der Heijden, Johnston, Tapia, Burger.

REFEREE: Damir Skomina

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