NIKO KRANJCAR has revealed that the Rangers players are still in shock after their defeat to Progres Niederkorn 2-1 on aggregate in the first round of the Europa League qualifiers.

The Croatian midfielder, who featured in both legs, was speaking to the Rangers website after his excellent free-kick sealed a draw against Marseille.

“Unfortunately the European result happened, but fortunately there are still two weeks before the season starts.

“We want to start getting it right and the only way we can start getting it right is by winning three points in the league, and obviously to try and win in the cup games too.

“It was a really difficult time for all of us as none of us believed we would be allowed to lose that game.

“I think it is still there deep down emotionally in us, and we are ready to go and prove some people wrong.”

The result against Marseille, which the French newspaper L’equipe described as ‘brutal’ due to the physicality of Rangers, will spur Rangers on as it shows their progression. The Light Blues kick off their season away to Motherwell on Sunday 6th August after a trip to Hillsborough this Sunday to face Sheffield Wednesday in their final pre-season match.


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