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Lincoln Red Imps vs Rangers. Europa League Qualifying Second Round.

College Cosmos Stadium.

Lincoln Red Imps 0

    Rangers 5

    • J Tavernier (21st minute)
    • C Goldson (49th minute)
    • A Morelos (67th minute, 88th minute)
    • J Defoe (84th minute)

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    Follow live updates as Rangers face Lincoln Red Imps in the Europa League second qualifying round with our dedicated live blog on Thursday; kick-off 4pm

    Rangers' Ryan Kent (centre) celebrates making it 1-0 against Dundee United
    Image: Rangers' Ryan Kent has not travelled to Gibraltar for Thursday's clash

    Rangers take on Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar in their first Europa League game of the season.

    A third qualifying round encounter between the winners of Wednesday's game between Progres Niederkorn and Holland's Willem II awaits Rangers should they progress.

    Red Imps are well known to Rangers fans after beating Celtic 1-0 in Gibraltar four years ago - here is the lowdown on the current side.

    Red Imps profile

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    Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Dundee Utd.

    Like Rangers, Red Imps have a successful former player in charge. Brazilian head coach William Amaral spent four seasons with Benfica during the 1990s and won two titles. He also played in France, Spain and elsewhere in Portugal. His coaching career has taken him from Portugal and Spain to Gibraltar.

    Midfielder Graeme Torrilla, 23, will go into the game with confidence after hitting a winner for Gibraltar against San Marino in the UEFA Nations League earlier this month.

    Lincoln will be forever associated with their stunning victory over Celtic in Brendan Rodgers' first game in charge, ensuring the Red Imps did what no Scottish side managed that season by beating the Hoops.

    They lost 3-0 at Parkhead in the second leg of the Champions League qualifier but had already made themselves a household name in Scotland. In all, they have won five and drawn four of their 20 European games.

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    Lincoln have come through two rounds despite only playing one game. They were awarded their preliminary tie after Prishtina failed to turn up, a week after the initial game was postponed when eight of the Kosovan side's players tested positive for Covid-19.

    They beat Union Titus Petange of Luxembourg 2-0 in the first qualifying round with Lee Casciaro, the 38-year-old who scored the winner against Celtic, among the goals. There is currently no domestic football taking place in Gibraltar.

    What the manager has said

    Steven Gerrard
    Image: Steven Gerrard is aware of the challenge Lincoln Red Imps will pose

    Gers made no mistake when they visited Gibraltar last year, beating St Joseph's 4-0 on what was the first step on a run that took them to the last 16. Steven Gerrard wants a repeat of that professional display.

    He said: "Four years ago, Red Imps got an incredible result but that happens in football around the world. If you don't match your opponent to the necessary standards then of course you can have problems.

    "We've had two excellent runs in this competition over the last two years.

    "You have to come to places like this in the qualifiers and do a professional job, get over the line and get into the next round. That's what we're here for.

    "There is enough experience in my squad now to realise that if we think we can just come here and turn up and not approach it right or show the right mentality and drop our standards, then the game will be complicated.

    "But in no shape or form are we going to disrespect the opponent because I've been around the game long enough to know if you drop your guard, it can become complicated."

    Team news

    Nathan Sheron challenges Joe Aribo during the Scottish Premiership match
    Image: Joe Aribo has also been ruled out by Rangers to face Lincoln Red Imps

    Rangers have left Ryan Jack, Leon Balogun and Brandon Barker back in Glasgow.

    Jack and Barker picked up calf injuries during Saturday's win over Dundee United while Balogun did not even make it past the warm-up after feeling a thigh muscle tighten. Joe Aribo (ankle) and Nikola Katic (knee) have also remained in Glasgow.

    However, Alfredo Morelos - who suffered a nasty gash following a tackle by United defender Ryan Edwards - has travelled, while Allan McGregor (knee), Jermain Defoe (hamstring) and Jordan Jones (quad) were also on the plane after shaking off their own knocks.

    How to follow

    Follow live updates as Rangers face Lincoln Red Imps in the Europa League second qualifying round in Gibraltar with our dedicated live blog from 2.45pm on Thursday. Kick-off is at 4pm.

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