RANGERS continued their frenzy in Europe with a match against Red Star Belgrade.
Goals from James Tavernier, Alfredo Morelos and Leon Balogun have stunned the Serbian side as they sit in the driver’s seat ahead of next week’s second leg.
After seeing off German giants Borussia Dortmund with a score of 6-4 in the play-off round, Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s army started the opening match.
Red Star had an offside effort within three minutes before the referee awarded Rangers a penalty as Ryan Kent was cut in the box.
Skipper Tavernier made no mistake from 12 yards before Red Star was frustrated after being ruled out for the second time when Aleksandar Katai was flagged for offside after circling Gers goalkeeper Allan McGregor.
Colombian striker Morelos beat Ibrox after scoring the 32nd Europa League goal of his career for Rangers in the 15th minute before McGregor became the hero on the penalty spot.
The 40-year-old goalkeeper tackled Katai’s low kick after Ryan Jack pulled Mirko Ivanic down.
Defender Balogun headed home Tavernier’s corner in the third half shortly after the break before Connor Goldson’s shot went wide.
Guelor Kanga headed home the visitors from 30 yards before McGregor kept a clean sheet for Gers with a stunning save.
And to add salt to their wounds, VAR turned it into a disallowed hat-trick as El Fardou Ben Nabouhane shot from an offside position late in the game.
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Meanwhile, Barcelona were held to a goalless draw at the Nou Camp against Turkish side Galatasaray.
While Atalanta beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 thanks to a Luis Muriel brace.
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https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4869728/rangers-red-star-belgrade-europa-league/ Gers go on a stunning Europa League run as Morelos, Tavernier and Balogun stun the Serbs