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James Tavernier soothes Ibrox nerves

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James Tavernier soothes Ibrox nerves
Murphy’s early goal was added to by Tavernier in a 90th-minute penaltySCOTTISH NEWS AND SPORT

As Ibrox grew unexpectedly tense over the course of Steven Gerrard’s competitive debut as a manager it seemed that Rangers might be off the starting blocks without getting out of the woods. Their inability to kill off a modest Macedonian team playing its very first game in Europe had them facing an anxious trip to Skopje for Tuesday’s second leg of this Europa League first round tie.

What a release it was for Ibrox when the man Gerrard has appointed as captain stepped up to soothe their nerves. By adding to Jamie Murphy’s early goal, James Tavernier’s 90th-minute penalty should be enough for Rangers now.

On the eve of this first leg there had been a breezy resurrection of last summer’s European debacle. Progres Niederkorn,…

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