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Summary

  1. FT: Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn (Miller)
  2. FT: St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai (Shaughnessy; Maksimov, Silenas)
  3. Rangers' first European tie in six years
  4. Three new signings - Cardoso, Jack & Dalcio - started for Gers
  5. Saints in Europe for fifth time in six seasons

Live Reporting

By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    I'll sign off now. It wasn't a rip-roaring start to the season was it? St Johnstone are in all sorts of trouble after conceding two goals in a home defeat and Rangers struggled against a team from Luxembourg at Ibrox. Opposition doesn't get much more minnow-y than that.

    That's quite an alarming admission from Tommy Wright about other teams being technically superior. Why should players in Lithuania be better at controlling the football than us?

    Thanks for your company. Let's hope for better news from the second legs next week.

  2. Saints will improve, says Wright

    FT: St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

    St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright talking to BBC Radio Scotland: "Obviously, the result is disappointing. The second goal is criminal from us. It was a great finish but the ball should never get to him.

    "I thought we were much better in the second half. We were sloppy at times in possession but thought we created enough chances to get back in the game. But we probably didn't do enough over the 90 minutes.

    "Every one of the teams in this competition are all probably technically better than us, that's why we can't allow them time on the ball. We didn't get in about them enough in the first half.

    "We will need to be better in the second leg and we will be better. I wouldn't rule us out."

  3. Post update

    FT: St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

    St Johnstone need at least two goals in Lithuania but they will be without last season's top scorer Steven MacLean. Trakai play on an artificial pitch and the striker doesn't do plastic due to previous knee injuries.

    St Johnstone lost 2-1 at home
    Image caption: St Johnstone face an uphill task next week after losing at home
  4. Post update

    FT: Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn

    Will the team from Luxembourg be more adventurous at home? They need to score but I can't see them changing their blueprint much. Progres Niederkorn may well sit in and aim to frustrate again, hoping to grab something from a set-piece.

    As long as Rangers avoid any silliness, they should make it through. Right?

  5. Caixinha happy with win

    Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn (FT)

    Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha knows there is work to do in this tie but he was happy to take a win in the club's first match in Europe for six years.

    He tells Premier Sports: "I really like the first half, the team was very good. We need more presence on the ball and to be a little bit more aggressive. The possession was OK but I don’t want just possession.

    “It’s always good to start after six years away from Europe by winning but we know this is just the first half. We have five days to prepare it.

    “We are happy because we win and we will keep working to try to improve the team."

  6. 'Dreadful result for St Johnstone'

    FT: St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

    Former Scotland defender Willie Miller on BBC Radio Scotland: "I think over the piece Trakai deserve to go away with this victory. I don't think St Johnstone were good enough tonight to say they deserve any better. Turning around this deficit is a big ask. This is a dreadful result for them."

  7. Post update

    FT: Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn

    The team from Luxembourg are greeting their small band of fans inside Ibrox. There are only about 15 or so, making handshakes all round possible.

    The visitors look quite pleased with themselves. Will they fancy an upset in the return leg next week?

  8. Post update

    FT: St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

    Willie Miller

    Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: It's a long shot for Saints now. I don't think they can argue they deserved more from this game
  9. FULL-TIME Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn

    It's not quite the score a near full-house at Ibrox was hoping for. Rangers were pretty pedestrian as they struggled to find a way through the packed defence of the team from Luxembourg.

    Niko Kranjcar impressed on his return from long-term injury and dependable Kenny Miller came up with the only goal.

  10. CLOSE!

    Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn

    A corner is headed back across goal by Fabio Cardoso to central defensive partner David Bates, who nods on target, but there is a defender well placed to hoof it clear on the goal-line.

  11. Post update

    Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn

    We're moving into 90 minutes at Ibrox. A second goal would make a huge difference.

    Alfredo Morelos
    Image caption: Alfredo Morelos came on as a late sub to make his Rangers debut
  12. FULL-TIME St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

    Is that it for Saints? They'll need to score at least two in Lithuania next week.

  13. Post update

    St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

    Corner to Saints. Can they conjure up some stoppage-time drama?

    No, I'm afraid. It's played short, then lumped into the box to no avail.

  14. Post update

    Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn

    A scare for Rangers as the ball thumps against the arm of Lee Wallace in the penalty box. The visitors are screaming for a spot-kick but it was from a shot that was heading high over the target and it could not be considered a deliberate block.

  15. Post update

    St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

    We're into the 90th minute at McDiarmid Park. Oscar Murphy Dorley trudges off for Trakai and gets a sporting round of applause from the home fans. The Liberian teenager looks a real talent.

  16. Cummins 'had to score'

    St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

    Former St Johnstone defender Allan Preston on BBC Radio Scotland: "Give the keeper credit but that is a sitter - he has got to score!"

  17. Post update

    Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn

    Rangers are making heavy weather of this and if they get the job done they will need a vast improvement against AEL Limassol in the next round. The Cypriots are 4-0 up in Gibraltar this evening.

  18. GREAT SAVE!

    St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

    The Saints fans are on their feet expecting to celebrate an equaliser but Graham Cummins is unable to convert from six yards as the keeper spreads himself well.

  19. RED CARD

    Hope for Saints as Trakai goalscorer Vaidas Silenas picks up a second booking for a rash high challenge.

    Striker Chris Kane immediately replaces midfielder Liam Craig for the final seven minutes.

  20. Post update

    Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn

    Nervy times for Rangers as James Tavernier makes a vital interception with Progres threatening to square it.