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  1. FK Trakia 1-0 St Johnstone (3-1)
  2. Maksim Maksimov scores on 88 mins
  3. Hosts down to 10 men
  4. Shaughnessy close with three headers
  5. Tanser debut, first start for Scougall

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By Colin Moffat

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That's all folks

Not much left to say really. It's been an abysmal week for Scottish clubs in Europe, with Rangers and now St Johnstone tumbling out to teams from Luxembourg and Lithuania.

Let's hope for better next week when Aberdeen and Celtic get started on their continental campaigns.

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Bryan Allan: "Dire. Time for summer football."

We are the minnows now

It makes you wonder where we stand. Our teams are losing to teams that would be regarded as a bye 20 years ago.

Craig PatersonBBC Sportsound pundit

Summer football?

Is it the answer?

Or do we simply need to start producing some better players? Easier said than done.

'Something has to change'

Gloomy introspection from the Sportsound crew after a grim midweek for Scottish clubs in Europe...

If we keep doing what we're doing, we're only going to slip further behind

Allan PrestonBBC Sportsound pundit

We need more quality - Wright

FT: FK Trakai 1-0 St Johnstone (3-1)

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright talking to BBC Radio Scotland:

"We totally controlled the game. We got into some good positions. Our approach play was good but we lacked quality in the final third.

"We had two good crosses and they produced two good saves. The final ball let us down all night.

"We need to get more quality in to take us to the next level, that means going with a smaller squad or more investment.

"I'm getting the maximum out of my players but you need that extra quality to break teams down. If we want to retain fourth spot, I need to get players in.

"You could argue Scottish football in Europe has been in decline for some years. I can't speak for other managers, I can only focus on my team."

Next up

Aberdeen and Celtic will enter the fray next week.

The Dons will be at home to Siroki Brijeg in the second round of Europa League qualifying on Thursday.

Celtic travel to Belfast to take on Linfield in the Champions League on Friday.

Let's hope for some better news then.

FT: FK Trakai 1-0 St Johnstone (3-1)

It took Saints a season to earn a place in Europe for the fifth time in six years but they crash out at the first hurdle.

The Lithuanian side had a player sent off in both legs just to rub it in.

With Rangers' shock exit on Tuesday, that's 50% of Scotland's representatives knocked out before the domestic campaign starts.

FULL-TIME FK Trakai 1-0 St Johnstone (3-1)

The misery for Scottish football continues.

FK Trakai 1-0 St Johnstone (3-1)

St Johnstone have huffed and puffed but that little bit of magic has just been missing

Craig PatersonBBC Sportsound pundit

GOAL FK Trakai 1-0 St Johnstone (3-1)

Maksim Maksimov, 88 mins

Ouch! Maksim Maksimov, who scored the opener in Perth, with a composed finish.

Nothing much changes. Saints still need two goals - to force extra time. I'm clutching at straws now.

Final five

FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

The clock reaches 85 minutes. Saints need something to happen soon. Very soon.

FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

Another free kick and this one is in a very promising situation. David Wotherspoon this time and it flies over the crossbar. Time is running out...

FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

Liam Craig is over a free-kick in opposition territory but the keeper is out to punch clear then wins a free kick after getting a wee nudge. It's just not happening for the Perth side.

FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

Final change for Saints. Big, burly striker Graham Cummins is on for midfielder Blair Alston. That's officially kitchen sink stuff now but the visitors have rather petered out since that last Joe Shaughnessy miss.

FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

Maksim Maksimov does well to kill a high ball dropping out of the sky but he can't squeeze a shot past St Johnstone keeper Zander Clark from a tight angle.

FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

Another Saints change. David Wotherspoon replaces Stefan Scougall, who has struggled to make much of an impact.

Wotherspoon can whip in a good cross. Can he set up a goal to make this interesting?

FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

Blair Alston is booked for impeding an opponent. Saints can't afford to let frustration creep in. There is still 18 minutes left on the clock.

FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

Just as I write off the home side, Maksim Maksimov cuts in from the right and aims for the top left corner. It's not too far away.

FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

If St Johnstone don't get through this, they will be kicking themselves. Trakai don't look up to much at all and defender Joe Shaughnessy, who scored last week, has had three good sights on goal.

FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

Holding midfielder Chris Millar is the man to make way for Steven MacLean. Saints have to go for it now.

FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

It's time for Steven MacLean. The striker is stripped and ready to come on.


FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

What a chance! It's Joe Shaughnessy again. He has to score but somehow powers a header wide from near the penalty spot with just the keeper to beat.


FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

A big boost for Saints. The hosts are down to 10 as skipper Arunas Klimavicius picks up a second booking.

FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

Trakai left-back Alma Wakili gets forward to have the hosts' first shot on target but it's straight at Zander Clark, who guards his near post with a comfortable save.

FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

Corner to Saints. Stefan Scougall delivers to the near post but it's easily dealt with by the home defence. A big groan from manager Tommy Wright on the sidelines.


FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

The game is up and running again. No changes in personnel.

HT: FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

Will we see Steven MacLean in the second half? It's a risk given his history of knee troubles and the artificial pitch looks about as forgiving as cement.

HT: FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

That foul on Murray Davidson could easily have been a red card

Allan PrestonBBC Sportsound pundit

Swede dreams for Saints?

If St Johnstone can turn this game round in the second half, they will almost certainly meet Swedish side Norrkoping, who take a 5-0 lead to Prishtina later this evening.

Dons to meet Bosnian side next week

Aberdeen can go look forward to a tie with Siroki Brijeg from Bosnia and Herzegovina, who have just come through against FC Ordabasy of Kazakhstan.

That's a shorter flight for the second leg at least.


FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

Saints are putting up a decent fight but they have not been able to test goalkeeper Ignas Plukas since Joe Shaughnessy threatened with two headers in quick succession.

The visitors need to find two goals in the second half or they are out.

FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

With half-time approaching, St Johnstone continue to press. Murray Davidson starts a gallop towards goal but he's quickly brought down by Arunas Klimavicius, who is booked.

The resulting free kick from Blair Alston is a poor one.

FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

Well, there hasn't been much else for the home crowd to get excited about, with Saints still on top.

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Rangers have completed the signing of Scotland midfielder Graham Dorrans from Norwich City.

The 30-year-old has agreed a three-year deal at Ibrox.

Pedro Caixinha's team could have done with a classy operator like Dorrans before Tuesday's humiliating European exit in Luxembourg.


Graham Dorrans

FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

The radio line from Lithuania is a bit crackly, if you're wondering why commentator Liam McLeod sounds like he's calling in from a phonebox. It just adds to the authentic Eastern European vibe.

FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

Now Scott Tanser is booked for taking out former Hearts midfielder Deividas Cesnauskis.

FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

Saints midfielder Murray Davidson goes into the referee's book, along with an opponent, after a spot of wrestling.

The visitors are seeing a lot of the ball but they haven't been able to hurt Trakai yet.


FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

Chris Kane goes down in the penalty box, with Liam Craig signalling that an elbow was used to fell the tall striker. Stanislav Todorov, the Bulgarian referee, is not remotely interested.

FK Trakai 0-0 St Johnstone (2-1)

Nice pace from Chris Kane to get on the end of a long ball over the top but the striker makes a mess of his attempt to lob the keeper from the left edge of the box, with the keeper gathering comfortably.