Glasgow Rangers humiliated by Luxembourg part-timers Progres Niederkorn in humbling Europa League exit
Rangers suffer one of the worst defeats in their 145-year history as they are sent spinning out of Europe
Rangers suffered one of the worst defeats in their 145-year history on Tuesday after part-timers Progres Niederkorn sent them spinning out of the Europa League qualifiers with a 2-0 win in Luxembourg.
Rangers, the 54-time champions of Scotland, won the first leg in Glasgow 1-0 last week but were undone by second-half strikes from Emmanuel Francoise and Sebastien Thill as Niederkorn recorded their first win in 14 European games.
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha, who brought in eight new players in a bid to close the gap on last season’s runaway champions Celtic, described the defeat as “unthinkable” and said it was the worst result of his managerial career.
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“I think it is a thing that happens once in a lifetime ... and that is part of the football, but as I say, it’s disappointment and I assume all the responsibility,” he told the club’s website.
Rangers won promotion back to the top flight in 2016 after a four-year exile from the elite, which began after their financial meltdown and liquidation in 2012 when they were demoted to the basement of the Scottish game.