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Live Reporting

By Bryn Palmer and Andrew Southwick

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight

    So the Steven Gerrard era starts with a win. A nervy one at times, only clinched in injury time, but a win nonetheless.

    He only has three days to work with his players before Rangers head out to Macedonia for Tuesday's second leg in Skopje. But with a 2-0 lead, it would be surprise if Rangers didn't now progress to the second qualifying round.

    Hibs can reflect on a job very well done. Six goals, a hat-trick for Florian Kamberi, and a brace for Stevie Mallan on his competitive debut for the club.

    They can already start planning for a trip to Greece in the next round, with next Thursday's second leg in the Faroe Islands a formality.

    Before that, it is the start of the domestic football season in Scotland tomorrow night, with Kilmarnock hosting Alan Stubbs' St Mirren to kick off the League Cup group stages.

    Join us for that one, and thanks for your company tonight.

  2. Lennon happy with 'big, big cushion'

    FT: Hibernian 6-1 NSI Runavik

    Hibs head coach Neil Lennon is understandably a happy man, after his side romped to a 6-1 first-leg victory over their overwhelmed Faroese opponents, with Florian Kamberi netting a hat-trick.

    "It's a great win, we take a lot out of it," he told BBC Radio Scotland. "It's a big, big cushion, I couldn't ask any more from the players, albeit the opposition are poor, if you want to call it that.

    "[Kamberi] has been a bit rusty in pre-season which you expect at this time of year, but that will do him the world of good. I was pleased with [Stevie] Mallan too, on his debut.

    "I want to add to it (the midfield), I want to add to the squad. We've only brought three players in. There's a lot of loan players James Maclaren, Scott Allan, Brandon Barker, - who aren't here anymore. The squad is a little bit thin.

    "John's (McGinn) still here obviously, though there's a question mark over his future. We have to look to other avenues if John decides to leave or a bid comes in that satisfies both parties.

    "We look favourites to go through now. It'll set us up for the Greek tie [they would face Asteras Tripolis in the second qualifying round] which will obviously be a step up in class."

    Neil Lennon watches from the stands at Easter Road
    Image caption: Neil Lennon watched his side's victory from the Easter Road stands as he serves a touchline ban
  3. 'We've still got work to do' - Gerrard

    FT: Rangers 2-0 FK FK Shkupi

    Steven Gerrard speaking to BT Sport: “Satisfactory. We’ve still got work to do. We certainly deserved the second goal. The game could have been 3-0, 4-0, 5-0 if we had been a bit more clinical or got a little bit more luck in the final third.

    "We were satisfied with the win and the clean sheet. It’s our first competitive game. The tie is not over, there is still work to do. The players know that so it’s all about attitude and mentality now going into the second leg.

    "We could have made the tie a lot more comfortable. A couple of decisions could have gone our way. I think certainly one of (the penalty claims), Ovie’s one, for me, is a penalty. I think Alfredo (Morelos) didn’t help himself (with his overreaction) but there is definitely a shirt-pull.

    "All in all we are satisfied. I thought the fans were terrific but you could feel a bit of tension and anxiety. There’s a lot of new players about, we’re still feeling our way in, it’s the first game. A lot of positives but still work to do.

    “The only thing I’m slightly concerned about is that we didn’t get the third or the fourth goal. We definitely deserved the second but at that point we should have been more comfortable within the game.

    "Having seen them and what they’re about, they gave us one or two minor scares but I’m very confident we can go away and score goals against them.”

    Steven Gerrard
    Image caption: Gerrard says Rangers two-goal victory was the least they deserved
  4. What's at stake in the Europa League?

    We'll have reaction from Rangers boss Steven Gerrard and Hibs manager Neil Lennon shortly. But what would a decent run in the Europa League mean for either man?

    Scottish clubs have the opportunity to earn a sizeable cheque from Uefa in the Europa League.

    A total of €560m (around £495m) has been set aside for distribution to clubs participating in this year's competition.

    Rangers and Hibernian will each receive €240,000 from competing in the first qualifying round. Aberdeen are guaranteed €260,000 for being in the second qualifying round. Another €280,000 is on offer to any of the clubs who can make it to the third qualifying round, with €300,000 waiting if they are knocked out at the play-off stage. These are all considered merely solidarity payments, compensation to cover costs.

    Europa League trophy

    Group Stage

    If any of the three Scottish teams can negotiate their way through the qualifying rounds (four for Rangers and Hibs, three for Aberdeen), they will receive €2.92m (around £2.58m) for reaching the group stage.

    On top of that, from this season a new "coefficient share" has been introduced, where the 48 teams receive payments based on historic 10-year rankings. Each ranking place is worth €71,430.

    €570,000 is paid out for a win in the group stage, with €190,000 for a draw. Because there is €190,000 left over from the prize fund each time there is a draw, this money is pooled and distributed to all 48 clubs in amounts proportionate to their number of wins.

    To top that off, another €168m (£148m) is distributed to the clubs based on the proportional value of each TV market.

    None of this includes the revenue from ticket sales, corporate hospitality or various other matchday income. And this does not even count the money on offer for finishing in the top two in the groups and the windfalls available for being in the knockout round beyond Christmas.

  5. Post update

    FT: Rangers 2-0 FK Shkupi

    Billy Dodds

    Former Rangers & Scotland striker on Sportsound

    Quote Message: Glenn Middleton really set the game alight when he came on, he really asked questions of the Shkupi defence. Not enough Rangers players did that. Josh Windass wasn't at his best, Alfredo Morelos was rusty, Daniel Candeias was taken off. They weren't at their best, they were rusty, but they got the job done and they will be glad of that second goal. If they were going there only leading 1-0, I would be really worried. But that second goal has really eased the pressure on them.
  6. FULL-TIME - Rangers 2-0 FK Shkupi

    Not always convincing by Rangers, but the Steven Gerrard era starts with a solid European victory.

    It might have been a nervous trip to Macedonia for Tuesday's second leg, but that second goal at the end puts a different complexion on it.

  7. GOAL - Rangers 2-0 FK Shkupi (Tavernier pen)

    Relief all round at Ibrox. James Tavernier, comfortably Rangers' best performer on the night, slams the penalty into the top right corner.

    Probably deserved given the amount of chances the hosts have created, but a tad harsh on Shkupi at this stage.


    Rangers 1-0 FK Shkupi

    Into the last minute of normal time at Ibrox. Jamie Murphy goes down in the box. Looks like the defender might have got a nick on the ball...

  9. FULL-TIME - Hibernian 6-1 NSI Runavik

    Job done for Hibs. The second leg in the Faroe Islands next Thursday should be a formality.

  10. Post update

    Hibernian 6-1 NSI Runavik

    Peter Houston

    Former Scotland assistant manager at Easter Road

    Quote Message: This has been a terrific performance for Hibs' first competitive game of the season
  11. GOAL - Hibernian 6-1 NSI Runavik (Mallan)

    Free-kick, 30 yards out. Stevie Mallan steps up and curls it confidently into the corner.

    That's two goals for the Hibs new-boy on his competitive debut.

    Who needs John McGinn?

  12. Post update

    Rangers 1-0 FK Shkupi

    Middleton, a Scotland Under-21 international, enters the fray with Josh Windass making way.

    Moments earlier Ovie Ejaria weaved his way into the box and went down, but there didn't seem to be much in it.

  13. Post update

    Hibernian 5-1 NSI Runavik

    The chances continue to come for Hibs, but ever since Florian Kamberi's substitution the goals have dried up.

    Danny Swanson twice goes close from distance, before Lewis Stevenson should score after getting to Martin Boyle's cross, but he heads wide.

  14. Ouch!

    Rangers 1-0 FK Shkupi

    Jon Flanagan runs onto a pass from Ovie Ejaria down the left flank and gets scythed down by Shkupi's Muraem Muarem, who goes into the book.

    Winger Glenn Middleton, an 18-year-old who was signed in January but has yet to make his competitive debut, is being readied for action on the sidelines.

  15. Post update

    Rangers 1-0 FK Shkupi

    Ovie Ejaria may be a little too keen to make an early impression. The space opens up for the 20-year-old in a promising Rangers counter-attack, but he runs head-long into a Shkupi defender.

    More composure required if the hosts are to take a more comfortable lead to Macedonia for next Tuesday's second leg.

  16. CLOSE!

    Hibernian 5-1 NSI Runavik

    It should be a second goal for Oli Shaw, who is played through by Vykintas Slivka.

    He could have elected to make the pass, but he goes for goal and puts the ball the wrong side of the post.

  17. Post update

    Hibernian 5-1 NSI Runavik

    Peter Houston

    BBC Sportsound summariser

    Quote Message: Even though Florian Kamberi has had a hat-trick, my man of the match has been Martin Boyle. He's been outstanding tonight.
    Hibernian's Martin Boyle takes on Ruavik's Peter Knudsen
    Image caption: Hibernian's Martin Boyle takes on Ruavik's Peter Knudsen
  18. Ejaria on for Rangers

    Rangers 1-0 FK Shkupi

    Steven Gerrard makes a second change, sending on Ovie Ejaria - a loan signing from his old club Liverpool - for Scott Arfield in midfield.