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Summary

  1. FT: Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn (Miller)
  2. FT: St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai (Shaughnessy; Maksimov, Silenas)
  3. Rangers' first European tie in six years
  4. Three new signings - Cardoso, Jack & Dalcio - started for Gers
  5. Saints in Europe for fifth time in six seasons

Live Reporting

By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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Good night

I'll sign off now. It wasn't a rip-roaring start to the season was it? St Johnstone are in all sorts of trouble after conceding two goals in a home defeat and Rangers struggled against a team from Luxembourg at Ibrox. Opposition doesn't get much more minnow-y than that.

That's quite an alarming admission from Tommy Wright about other teams being technically superior. Why should players in Lithuania be better at controlling the football than us?

Thanks for your company. Let's hope for better news from the second legs next week.

Saints will improve, says Wright

FT: St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright talking to BBC Radio Scotland: "Obviously, the result is disappointing. The second goal is criminal from us. It was a great finish but the ball should never get to him.

"I thought we were much better in the second half. We were sloppy at times in possession but thought we created enough chances to get back in the game. But we probably didn't do enough over the 90 minutes.

"Every one of the teams in this competition are all probably technically better than us, that's why we can't allow them time on the ball. We didn't get in about them enough in the first half.

"We will need to be better in the second leg and we will be better. I wouldn't rule us out."

FT: St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

St Johnstone need at least two goals in Lithuania but they will be without last season's top scorer Steven MacLean. Trakai play on an artificial pitch and the striker doesn't do plastic due to previous knee injuries.

St Johnstone lost 2-1 at home
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St Johnstone face an uphill task next week after losing at home

FT: Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn

Will the team from Luxembourg be more adventurous at home? They need to score but I can't see them changing their blueprint much. Progres Niederkorn may well sit in and aim to frustrate again, hoping to grab something from a set-piece.

As long as Rangers avoid any silliness, they should make it through. Right?

Caixinha happy with win

Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn (FT)

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha knows there is work to do in this tie but he was happy to take a win in the club's first match in Europe for six years.

He tells Premier Sports: "I really like the first half, the team was very good. We need more presence on the ball and to be a little bit more aggressive. The possession was OK but I don’t want just possession.

“It’s always good to start after six years away from Europe by winning but we know this is just the first half. We have five days to prepare it.

“We are happy because we win and we will keep working to try to improve the team."

'Dreadful result for St Johnstone'

FT: St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

Former Scotland defender Willie Miller on BBC Radio Scotland: "I think over the piece Trakai deserve to go away with this victory. I don't think St Johnstone were good enough tonight to say they deserve any better. Turning around this deficit is a big ask. This is a dreadful result for them."

FT: Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn

The team from Luxembourg are greeting their small band of fans inside Ibrox. There are only about 15 or so, making handshakes all round possible.

The visitors look quite pleased with themselves. Will they fancy an upset in the return leg next week?

FT: St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

It's a long shot for Saints now. I don't think they can argue they deserved more from this game

FULL-TIME Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn

It's not quite the score a near full-house at Ibrox was hoping for. Rangers were pretty pedestrian as they struggled to find a way through the packed defence of the team from Luxembourg.

Niko Kranjcar impressed on his return from long-term injury and dependable Kenny Miller came up with the only goal.

CLOSE!

Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn

A corner is headed back across goal by Fabio Cardoso to central defensive partner David Bates, who nods on target, but there is a defender well placed to hoof it clear on the goal-line.

Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn

We're moving into 90 minutes at Ibrox. A second goal would make a huge difference.

Alfredo Morelos
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Alfredo Morelos came on as a late sub to make his Rangers debut

FULL-TIME St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

Is that it for Saints? They'll need to score at least two in Lithuania next week.

St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

Corner to Saints. Can they conjure up some stoppage-time drama?

No, I'm afraid. It's played short, then lumped into the box to no avail.

Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn

A scare for Rangers as the ball thumps against the arm of Lee Wallace in the penalty box. The visitors are screaming for a spot-kick but it was from a shot that was heading high over the target and it could not be considered a deliberate block.

St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

We're into the 90th minute at McDiarmid Park. Oscar Murphy Dorley trudges off for Trakai and gets a sporting round of applause from the home fans. The Liberian teenager looks a real talent.

Cummins 'had to score'

St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

Former St Johnstone defender Allan Preston on BBC Radio Scotland: "Give the keeper credit but that is a sitter - he has got to score!"

Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn

Rangers are making heavy weather of this and if they get the job done they will need a vast improvement against AEL Limassol in the next round. The Cypriots are 4-0 up in Gibraltar this evening.

GREAT SAVE!

St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

The Saints fans are on their feet expecting to celebrate an equaliser but Graham Cummins is unable to convert from six yards as the keeper spreads himself well.

RED CARD

Hope for Saints as Trakai goalscorer Vaidas Silenas picks up a second booking for a rash high challenge.

Striker Chris Kane immediately replaces midfielder Liam Craig for the final seven minutes.

Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn

Nervy times for Rangers as James Tavernier makes a vital interception with Progres threatening to square it.

DISALLOWED GOAL

St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

Blair Alston takes aim for the far corner with a curler. It takes a wee deflection and slips wide. From the corner, the ball is in the net but the referee rules that the goalie had been unfairly barged.

Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn

Substitute Daniel Candeias has a shot on goal for the home side but it is straight at Sebastian Flauss and he makes a save with his legs.

Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn

A warm ovation for Niko Kranjcar, who has been miles ahead of anyone else on the park. Jordan Rossiter, who, like the wily Croat, had last season ruined by injury, comes off the bench to replace the tiring Rangers playmaker.

St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

The visitors carve open the Saints defence twice in quick succession but cannot profit from slack play from Tommy Wright's men. A third goal for Trakai would surely kill this tie.

St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

Former Scotland defender Willie Aberdeen on BBC Radio Scotland: "I think the two substitutes have made a big impact on the game for Saints. They need that energy in midfield and Paul Paton was not really giving them that."

Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn

The hosts are huffing and puffing a bit in this second half but the awkward Sebastian Flauss in goals for Progres Niederkorn is a constant source of hope for the Rangers fans.

In search of creativity

St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

Jonathan Sutherland

BBC Sport Scotland at McDiarmid Park

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright gives a debut to new signing Stefan Scougall, the man charged with filling the boots vacated by Danny Swanson who left for Hibs.

The home side desperately need something to happen here. FK Trakai look good going forward, less convincing at the back.

Scougall has made an impact already but Saints need goals.

HITS THE WOODWORK

St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

Stefan Scougall has really livened up this game as he powers in a shot that cannons off the post then hits the keeper and spins out for a corner.

Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn

Another Rangers debut as Daniel Candeias replaces Jason Holt. Manager Pedro Caixinha will be hoping for a few more goals before the night is out.

St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

Instant impact from Stefan Scougall as he wriggles his way forward down the right and the ball sits up nicely for Liam Craig near the penalty spot but he can only fire a shot high over the target.

Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn

The visitors enjoy a rare foray up-field, with Max Watzka trying his luck from distance but goalkeeper Wes Foderingham isn't troubled.

Moments later, Progres have another effort on goal, and this time Foderingham has to beat away a good, angled strike from Alexander Karapetian.

Double change for Saints

St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

Stefan Scougall is on for his Saints debut, with Chris Millar also introduced to beef up the midfield.

David Wotherspoon and Paul Paton are the men making way

Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn

Midfielder Ryan Jack is one of three Rangers players making their debuts tonight and the former Aberdeen skipper enjoyed a steady first half.

Ryan Jack
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CLOSE!

Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn

Kenny Miller skews a low shot just wide of the far post from the angle of the area after nice link-up play with Jason Holt.

St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

Graham Cummins bundles forward and his deflected shot ends up in the arms of goalkeeper Ignas Plukas after a spot of nervous juggling.

KICK-OFF

Rangers 1-0 Progres Niederkorn

We're off again at Ibrox. No changes for the hosts.

St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

St Johnstone win their first corner of the second half but play is held up as Steven MacLean gets repeatedly shoved out the way by the visiting goalkeeper - and picks up a booking for his trouble.

KICK-OFF

St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

We're up and running again in Perth. Can Saints find a few goals to turn this tie round?

Still hope for Saints - Miller

HT: St Johnstone 1-2 FK Trakai

Former Scotland defender Willie Aberdeen on BBC Radio Scotland: "This tie is still very much in the balance. It hasn't got away from St Johnstone yet - there is still hope for them. But they are going to have to play at a higher tempo and close the Lithuanians down. Trakai can certainly play. They are technically gifted and Saints have to mix it up a bit. If they give Trakai space, they will pass it through them."

A stunning shot from Vaidas Silenas has Trakai in front in Perth
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A stunning shot from Vaidas Silenas gave Saints keeper Zander Clark no chance

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Saints fans are none too happy...

Niall Murdoch: "I'll say it again, we need summer football. Can't expect Scottish teams to do well in Europe if it's their first competitive games of season."

Ammyhi: "We need to be half way through our season to at least give our teams a chance!"

Dave McDonald: "Miles ahead of us. This could be finished tonight. Can't see us keeping a clean sheet away either."