Sport How the Rangers players rated in successive Europa League defeat, 1-0 to Sparta Prague
How the Hibs and Scott Allan rated in securing a Premier Sports Cup semi-final place with win against Dundee United
Hibs set up a return to Hampden after last season’s three visits by ovewhelming Dundee United in the first half at Tannadice.However an early strike from Joe Newell had set them on their way after only three minutes and further additions from Scott Allan and Martin Boyle earned the victory and Kevin Nisbet could even afford to pass up a close-range chance late on as a return trip to the National Stadium in November was secured, alongside fellow semi-finalists Rangers, St Johnstone and Celtic.
Rangers remain bottom of their Europa League group after a second successive defeat in Prague.
David Hancko nodded Sparta ahead just before the half-hour mark, beating Calvin Bassey to a corner kick. The header found the inside of the post and though Allan McGregor scooped the ball out, technology indicated the goal was good and the ball had crossed the line.
Rangers to that point had been the aggressors, pressing Florin Nita’s goal without really testing the goalkeeeper, though McGregor had been called into action at the other end.
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Ondrej Celustka is adamant Sparta Prague's heavy victories over Celtic last term will not cause them to expect an easy game against Rangers in the Europa League on Thursday. © Ondrej Celustka during Sparta Prague training at Celtic Park in November last year. (Photo by Craig ... The Czechs destroyed Neil Lennon's Hoops 4-1 home and away in back-to-back group-stage matches last November.However, defender Celustka insists that will not come into Sparta's thoughts as they prepare to host the Scottish champions, who finished 25 points ahead of Celtic last term.
Prague hit the post again before the break and Rangers were forced into an early change with Ianis Hagi replacing the injured Juninho Bacuna.
Steven Gerrard’s preparations had already been ricked by Connor Goldson’s training ground injury, and he will be without Glen Kamara for the next match with Brondby after a very harsh second yellow card saw the Finnish midfielder sent off in the second half.
Rangers continued to press and though James Tavernier and Fashion Sakala went close at the end, the Scottish champions stay bottom of their section.
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Rangers will look to get their first points on the board in this season’s Europa League when they travel to Sparta Prague tonight. © Rangers manager Steven Gerrard at Glasgow Airport ahead of the trip to Prague. (Photo by Craig Willi... Steven Gerrard’s side suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Lyon in their opening Group A fixture a fortnight ago while the Czech outfit, who thrashed Celtic 4-1 home and away last season, claimed a goalless draw from their trip to Brondby.
Here's how the players rated….
Player ratings scale - 10: One of the best performances you've seen. 9: Outstanding. 8: Very good. 7: Good. 6: Average. 5: Poor, 4: Very poor. 3: A terrible day at the office. 2: Abysmal. 1: One of the worst performances you've seen.
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