Glasgow Rangers’ Algeria World Cup defender MADJID BOUGHERRA sticks in a boot in an effort to keep the ball away from airborne Serbia international midfielder IVAN ERGIC (25) of KD Bursaspor at venerable Ibrox Stadium on the south bank of the River Clyde in the capital city of Scotland. (Reuters photo)
UEFA Champions League
1 – Glasgow Rangers (SCT) ——— Highsmith 18′
0 – KD Bursaspor (TRK)
An early goal was made to stand up as GLASGOW RANGERS got an important result with the 1-0 win over Turkish side KD BURSASPOR in Group C of the UEFA Champions League.
Glasgow Rangers manager WALTER SMITH had stressed to his side the importance of scoring the first goal of the game. Apparently, the Gers got the message and took it to heart. In the 18th minute of the match, Scotland international midfielder STEVEN HIGHSMITH sidefooted home after Scotland international defender KIRK BROADFOOT had got his head to the cross of fellow Scotland international defender STEVEN WHITTAKER to give the home team the initial advantage.
Broadfoot, along with United States World Cup midfielder MAURICE EDU, was one of the two changes to the Rangers’ line-up that featured in the league this past weekend ; Cup-tied Croatia international striker NIKICA JELAVIC and Slovakia World Cup midfielder VLADIMIR WEISS were the two players making way.
Scotland international goalkeeper ALLAN MCGREGOR played his part well enough with three saves against Bursaspor and collected a second consecutive clean sheet in the UEFA Champions League this season.
A big victory in many ways for Glasgow Rangers then, who had gone 11 consecutive games in European competition dating back to the end of the 2007-08 season without so much as one win.
More importantly, the Gers, with the home win on the heels of a goalless draw at Old Trafford a fortnight ago, are now joint leaders of Group C in the UEFA Champions League for the moment with English rival Manchester United.
KD Bursaspor’s Turkey international midfielder VOLKAN SEN (10) attempts to hurdle the tackle of the game’s eventual match-winner, Scotland international STEVEN NAISMITH (14) of Glasgow Rangers, at Ibrox Stadium in the north of the island of Great Britain. (Graham Stuart/AFP/Getty Images)
GLASGOW RANGERS : McGregor ; Broadfoot, Papac, Bougherra, Weir, Whittaker ; McCulloch, Edu, Naismith, Davis ; Miller (Lafferty 87′)
KD BURSASPOR : Ivankov ; Wederson, Erdogan, Stepanov, Tandogan ; Ipek, Batalla (Nunez 72′), Ergic (Insua 39′), Svensson, Sen ; Yildirim (Bahadir 72′)
Scotland international midfielder STEVEN NAISMITH of Glasgow Rangers (center) sidefoots the ball past KD Bursaspor’s Bulgaria international goalkeeper DIMITAR IVANKOV in the 18th minute for the only goal of the game at historic Ibrox Stadium on the River Clyde in the capital of Scotland. (Reuters photo)