Many Thanks to all who turned up at CC tonight another good turn out. And what a result Yeh Ha !!!!!!!
Maurice Edu netted a dramatic last-gasp goal to send Rangers into the last 16 of the Europa League as Sporting Lisbon crashed out of the competition on the away goals rule after a 2-2 draw in Portugal.
El-Hadji Diouf scored his first goal for Rangers before goals from former Rangers midfielder Pedro Mendes and Yannick Djalo appeared to have secured victory for the home side at the Jose Alvalade Stadium.
But Edu pounced in injury-time with the decisive goal in the tie as Rangers triumphed on away goals after the first leg had ended 1-1.
Rangers manager Walter Smith claims he is thrilled to remain in the Europa League, even though their dramatic triumph means even more fixture congestion.
He said: “We will have to wait and see how the season unfolds before we see if there is any great impact.
“You can’t pick and choose. We would never consider it an inconvenience qualifying for a round in Europe.
“We are pleased to do so. There’s a pressure on Scottish clubs to do as well as they can so that our co-efficient level gets as high as possible.”
Europa League last 16 draw:
Benfica v Paris St Germain
Dynamo Kiev v Manchester City
FC Twente v Zenit St Petersburg
CSKA Moscow v Porto
PSV Eindhoven v Rangers
Bayer Leverkusen v Villarreal
Ajax v Spartak Moscow
Liverpool v Braga