RANGERS were last night humiliated and embarrassed at the hands of part-time FC Progrès Niederkorn.
Pedro Caixinha’s side, who were 1-0 up on aggregate after a Kenny Miller goal at Ibrox, were wasteful in possession and paid the price when Emmanuel Francoise scored with 25 minutes remaining.
Despite going a goal behind, the Ibrox team failed to capitalise and hit the woodwork through Niko Kranjcar.
With the tie on a knife-edge, it was Progrès who got the goal to swing the tie the way of the minnows from Luxembourg.
Sebastian Thill’s freekick managed to evade everyone and wrong-foot Wes Foderingham in the Rangers goal and the ball crept in sending the home support into jubilant celebrations with .
Just a goal from Rangers would’ve seen them progress and Josh Windass nearly gave them a goal but a fingertip save from Charly Schinker, the substitute goalkeeper, pushed the ball onto the bar.
Rangers were once again thwarted by the crossbar and it was Kenny Miller that was denied this time as Rangers limped out of the first qualifying round of the Europa League.
Pedro Caixinha was apologetic to the supporters that travelled and indeed those back in Scotland for his side’s disastrous result last night.
“We need to apologise to our fans because they gave us support and loyalty, they don’t deserve this.
“I assume all the responsibility.”
The result on Tuesday night has been deemed “one of the worst results in Rangers’ history” by Alex McLeish and judging by this reaction, Caixinha will have to work extremely hard to move past this result.
Rangers now face a scramble to find friendly fixtures now that their next fixture is on the 5th of August away to Motherwell in the opening day of the SPFL Premiership.