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Rangers somehow manage to get themselves eliminated from Europa League in the middle of summer

The Scottish side were beaten two-nil by Luxembourg minnows Progres Niederkorn in the first round of qualifying

Early July means jugs of Pimm’s, sunburn and pretending to like tennis for a few days.

For most of us real football is still a thousand transfer rumours away.

Not for Rangers though, they’ve somehow managed to get themselves eliminated from the Europa League already.

THOUGHT BUBBLE: “I have made a huge mistake…”

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THOUGHT BUBBLE: “I have made a huge mistake…”

The Glasgow side lost the second leg of their first round qualifier against Progres Niederkorn 2-0 meaning they lost the tie 2-1 on aggregate.

The fourth best team in Luxembourg proved too strong for Rangers as they conceded two second-half goals without reply.

There was much speculation on social media that Gers manager Pedro Caixhina was arguing with fans after the whistle but images showed him shaking hands with dejected Glaswegians.

“I’m just disappointed, I assume all the responsibility,” he told RangersTV.

“We could not do what we were here to do – win the game.
“What happened to us today is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. That’s part of football of course.
“I’m always a positive guy and never give up. We believe in this process.
“It is a strong moment we are living in now and we need to face it with all our personality, character and strength.
“And that is what we are going to do because I believe in this process, I believe in these players and I believe in the work we are going to do.

“This is a strong lesson we need to learn from.”

Rangers finished 39 points behind fierce rivals Celtic, who went the whole season undefeated, in the league last season and on this evidence the gap between the two clubs is as big as ever.

As for the mighty Progres Niederkorn, they follow their first ever continental win with a tie against either Cypriot giants AEL Limassol or Gibraltar behemoths St Joseph’s… oh dear.

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