The First Proper Guffaw Of The Season

It’s over before it begun then, for this season. Last season, you’ll remember, Rangers were involved in a dreadful case of fixture congestion as they fought to walk off with the UEFA Cup, the Scottish Cup and the Scottish Premier League. As it turned out, they managed just one out of three (and that was the one that they probably cared the least for) and hardly endeared themselves with the behaviour of people claiming to be their supporters in Manchester after losing the UEFA Cup Final against Zenit St Petersburg. Fortunately, though, being one of the two powerhouses of Scottish football earns them a pernnial shot at the Champions League, even if they have to start the season in August. They should be good enough for a place in the group stages, shouldn’t they? Well, not this year. In the first major surprise of the European football season, Rangers are out of the Champions League, beaten 2-1 this evening in Lithuania by the largely previously unheard of FBK Kaunas. Having only drawn the first leg at Ibrox 0-0 last week, Rangers were still largely expected to cruise through to the final qualifying round of the competition and a match against AaB of Denmark, and it all appeared to be going reasonably well for them when they took a first half lead, thanks to a Kevin Thomson goal in the...

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