Manager Pedro Caixinha and his players will be enveloped in a whirlwind of criticism in the coming weeks. What a testing time they face. Somehow they will have to regroup and prepare for the domestic campaign. The result will also pile pressure on the Rangers board - have they appointed the right man in Caixinha? Is their signing policy the correct one? Where does this leave their rebuilding job? So many questions to be answered. We'll call it a night and keep our fingers crossed that Tommy Wright can lead his St Johnstone team to victory in Vilnius on Thursday. Thanks for your company. I'm too stunned to type.
- Francoise & Thill net for Progres
- Europa League qualifying first round, second leg
- Rangers hold 1-0 first-leg lead courtesy of Kenny Miller
- Three changes for Rangers: Jordan Rossiter, Daniel Candeias, Alfredo Morelos come in
- Jason Holt, Dalcio and Martyn Waghorn make way
- Eduardo Herrera on Gers' bench
You could make a list of things to try to put this into perspective: Rangers are out of Europe before Wimbledon has really got going, in the first full week of the school holidays, before some of their new signings have even arrived at the club. Progres weren't even playing at their home ground - the match had been moved to the national stadium. This was the Luxembourg minnows' first European win in 14 matches.
This result will be spoken about for many years, though whether it is mostly by Rangers fans or their Scottish rivals is debatable. In any case, it's a hammer blow for Rangers as they try to catch Celtic domestically and establish themselves in Europe once more. But it's also a stinker for Scottish football, with the coefficient withering across the seasons. St Johnstone are behind in their Europa League first leg against Trakai, Aberdeen join in at the next stage and Celtic have qualifiers to negotiate in the Champions League. Will any Scottish team reach the group stage of either of European football's club competitions?
It was a shambles of a performance. The scrutiny that will come on Pedro Caixinha will now be tenfold. Wait until they are playing in front of 50,000 fans in coming weeks - the pressure will be on the players.
"That was a shameful performance by Rangers. Not one player that they have signed answered the call tonight. Some of them performed like amateur players. You have to applaud Progres Niederkorn. They had a belief at half time."
Rangers hit the bar three times in the second half but have no answer to the two strikes by the part-timers of Niederkorn. What a shocker.
Progres Niederkorn have knocked Rangers out of Europe! It must surely be the worst result for a Scottish club in continental competition.
Kenny Miller hits the bar with a looping shot! Rangers are heading out.
Rangers have hit the bar twice in the second half. They need to go closer than that in the next 60 seconds or they are out of Europe at the first hurdle.
Sub keeper Charly Schinker, not the tallest, rises well to punch a teasing cross clear. We are into the three minutes of injury time. It is excruciating for the Light Blues.
Rangers need a touch of genius or a major stroke of fortune if they are to avoid a cripplingly embarrassing defeat in Luxembourg. They are throwing everything at it but Progres are defending for their lives.
Josh Windass hits the Progres crossbar with a diving header from eight yards! This is absolute agony for Rangers.
There was that painful away-goals defeat for Rangers in 2002 by Viktoria Zizkov but this, surely, would be the Ibrox club's worst ever in continental competition.
Antonio Herrera is on for Jordan Rossiter and he rises to meet Niko Kranjcar's corner kick from the left. The big Mexican leans back too far and the ball drifts over the Progres crossbar.
Here's one way to look at what an upset this could be: tonight Progres have scored two-thirds of all the goals they have ever scored in European competition. This is their seventh European campaign since their debut in 1977-78.
It's a stunner for Rangers! Sebastian Thill curls in a free-kick that defies Wes Foderingham in the visitors' goal. Somehow it found a way past the Rangers wall, leaving the Gers keeper exposed. The home fans are ecstatic!
Rangers settle by stringing together 15 or so passes but they cannot find the killer ball to pierce the solid Progres defence.
Niko Kranjcar wins a free-kick for Rangers on the edge of the D and takes on the set-piece. However, his dipping effort is just not dippy enough and it skims the roof of the net. Rangers are potentially one error away from being knocked out by the Luxembourg minnows.
Rangers could have cruised through to the next round if that header by Kranjcar had hit the back of the net. Now they have a real fight on their hands.
Emmanuel Francoise scores his club's second goal in European competition as he steers Olivier Thill's cross beyond Wes Foderingham. Good grief.
Lee Wallace crosses to the back post from the left for Niko Kranjcar but the Croatian hits the crossbar with his header from four yards.
Ryan Jack rises to meet Niko Kranjcar's corner kick from the right but heads the ball directly at the substitute goalie. The Gers midfielder ought to have done better, considering he had a free header from eight yards.
Pedro Caixinha makes another switch, with Josh Windass on for Daniel Candeias.
Progres's Sebastian Thill tries his luck from 30 yards as he picks up on a poor headed clearance. It's desperately wild but indicates the threat Rangers are facing. Rangers are having to defend.
Jordan Rossiter is penalised for a studs-up challenge on Armenia striker Alexander Karapetyan. My, this is heavy-going. You wouldn't rule out a goal for the home team, while Rangers do not appear to be enjoying this match.
Hmm. Rangers are slack. To state the obvious, considering the amount of new faces in their ranks, they are not playing as a team. Simple passes are going awry. The Bears in the crowd of 5,500 must be restless.
Progres break at pace down the right and the Gers are exposed as Emmanuel Francoise cracks a shot towards the far corner. Wes Foderingham gets down quickly to finger-tip it away. The hosts have had the best two chances of the match.
Rangers have made one change, Dalcio on for Alfredo Morelos.
Rangers get the second half going.
This is the Luxembourg club's seventh European campaign. They have yet to win a game...
"Rangers' finishing has been dreadful. There is nothing about them; luckily there is nothing about Progres Niederkorn either. Niko Kranjcar looks the guy most likely to change the game. He sees things, he makes a pass but he has no pace to get away."
BBC Scotland football pundit Alex Rae: "It's been tough to watch. There hasn't been any fluency by either side, no tempo. You're looking for the new guys and you're just not seeing anything from anyone to get excited about."
That's it for the first 45 minutes. Rangers have had 59% of the possession and two shots on target to the hosts' one. A goal for the Glasgow side would leave Progres Niederkorn needing to score three times, but if they concede the next goal they could be in trouble.
There are four minutes of added time, one of which has been played.
Daniel Candeias is fouled in the middle of the Progres half. Niko Kranjcar curls in a free-kick that is cleared for a corner by the rapidly retreating Adrian Ferino. However, the Light Blues cannot make anything from the set piece.
Earlier I mentioned that it is only nine years since Rangers played in the Uefa Cup final. One of their number from the 2008 campaign was Kirk Broadfoot - Kilmarnock have just announced that he has signed a three-year deal with them.
Jordan Rossiter tugs a shot a couple of feet past the Progres post. Rangers need to reassert themselves on the opposition, who will be boosted by that shot a moment ago from Olivier Thill.
Progres number 10 Olivier Thill spins away from his marker and produces the best effort of the game so far. His meaty right-foot drive has Wes Foderingham scampering across his goal-line...only to see the ball flash past his right-hand post.
Our commentator Liam McLeod tells us it's 24 degrees in Luxembourg City, as Progres goalie Sebastian Flauss has to go off injured. Short-sleeved Charly Schinker enters the fray.
There are too many Rangers players trying to play that ball straight down the middle for the strikers to run on to. Rangers do look sharper than last week but they need that extra craft. When you've got to break down a defence someone has got to produce a bit of magic.