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Rangers 2-1 Galatasaray: Steven Gerrard's side reach Europa League group stage

Report as Scott Arfield and James Tavernier send Steven Gerrard's side through to Friday's draw; follow draw with our live blog on the Sky Sports website and app

Rangers reached the Europa League group stage for a third year running after a 2-1 win over Galatasaray at Ibrox.

Steven Gerrard had admitted that his hopes of finally securing the extra midfielder he has long desired hung on whether his team could make it to the money-spinning group phase once again.

Gerrard picked Arfield out for special praise this week after an impressive return to form and the midfielder repaid his manager's show of faith with the opener seven minutes into the second half, with skipper Tavernier pouncing moments later (59) for his seventh goal in as many games.

Galatasaray defender Marcao struck three minutes from time but Fatih Terim's men could not complete what would have been a dramatic late comeback to dent Gers' impressive Europa League record of winning 19 qualifiers without losing a single leg. german keno

It was a positive start from the Light Blues, with skipper Tavernier delivering a delicious cross which just evaded Arfield's outstretched toe.

But Rangers were perhaps guilty of showing Galatasaray a bit too much respect, refusing to press the visitors with the usual ferocity they would normally muster when roared on by a full house.

A mix-up between Goldson and Arfield allowed Galatasaray to break at speed but there was a lucky let-off as Sofiane Feghouli's wild finish ended up in the Copland Rear.

Galatasaray had a penalty shout of their own on the half-hour mark as a Feghouli cross appeared to strike Arfield on the arm but again the award was not given.

Felip Helander made a vital interception to stop Feghouli bursting through on Allan McGregor's goal just after the break - and its value was underlined moments later as Arfield swept Rangers ahead.

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