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"A draw was probably as much as Rangers could have reasonably hoped for"
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banner Tuesday, 17 October, 2000, 20:53 GMT
Taffarel denies Rangers a victory
Akyel Faith tussles with Barry Ferguson at Ibrox
Akyel Faith tussles with Barry Ferguson at Ibrox
By BBC Sport Online's Clive Lindsay

Rangers 0-0 Galatasaray

Brazilian goalkeeper Taffarel denied a makeshift Rangers the victory their second-half performance deserved in their Champions League clash with Galatasaray at Ibrox.

The pouring rain in Glasgow failed to douse the fire of the two sides vying for the top spot in their group.

However, it will be the Turks who will have left the happier after the goalless draw, Rangers failing to avenge the 3-2 defeat they had suffered last month in Istanbul.

Rangers had been forced into a makeshift central defence partnership of Bert Konterman and Italian Sergio Porrini, so long out of favour at Ibrox, for their Champions League meeting with Galatasaray.

Ankle problems

Manager Dick Advocaat also sprung a surprise by preferring young Peter Lovenkrands to Scotland striker Billy Dodds up front beside Ronald de Boer.

Goalkeeper Stefan Klos, missing on Saturday against Hibernian, was also in the side, despite his recent ankle problems.

Klos, de Boer, the versatile Claudio Reyna and winger Neil McCann had all been passed fit to play, with the latter having to make do with a place on the bench.

However, in-form Dutch midfielder Giovanni van Bronckhorst and winger Allan Johnston were the latest Rangers players to be ruled out through injury.

Ruled out

Defender and captain Lorenzo Amoruso was suspended for the tie, while the injured Arthur Numan, Craig Moore, Rod Wallace, Michael Mols and Fernando Ricksen had long been ruled out.

Galatasaray had problems of their own, but they they welcomed back influential midfielder Gheorghe Hagi from suspension for the Ibrox match.

Capone and Okan Burak are also available again after injury, as were Umit Davala and Hakan Unsal.

However, Emre Belozoglu, the star of the Istanbul win, missed out through injury and, while Suat Kaya is still suspended, it was a straight swap, Emre for Hagi.

Within two minutes, Rangers' defence was caught napping when a cross flicked on by the head of Jardel found Unsal in the clear 15 yards out, but the midfielder's volley went well wide.

Hagi's fragile temper was, though, at breaking point when he had a screaming fit at team-mate Umit Davala and that moment of disunity allowed Rangers to take an early grip on the game.

Tony Vidmar was making a rare start, but had a great chance to make an early impact.

Only nine minutes had gone when the Australian full-back latched on to a superb through ball from Jorg Albertz.

However, Vidmar's first touch was poor and a superb challenge from Gheorge Popescu prevented the Rangers man delivering his shot.

Dominate possession

Indeed, it was Galatasaray, perhaps understandable considering the changes in the Rangers line-up, who had the more cohesive look and the Turkish side started to dominate possession.

Rangers came out after the break determined to put pressure on Galatasaray and a Barry Ferguson shot from 20 yards took a deflection before being held by Taffarel at the second attempt, but it was the first time either goalkeeper had been forced into a save.

Almost immediately, Unsal got in behind Andrei Kanchelskis, but the Ukranian winger did enough to force a hurried shot that was held by Klos.

Rangers replaced Lovenkrands with Neil McCann in an attempt to pose a greater attacking threat, but the breakthrough almost came at the other end when Hagi's cross caught out Konterman only for Jardel to volley wide at the back post.

Quick enough

Taffarel then flapped at a dangerous McCann cross and Kanchelskis could not adjust his feet quick enough to turn it into the net before the ball was cleared.

Ferguson was next to test the Brazilian No.1, his superb curling shot from 20 yards heading for the top corner before Taffarel's fingertips turned it over.

Hagi had only contributed in patches, but he was angered by the decision to replace him with Okan after 71 minutes as Rangers were forced to withdraw Vidmar, who had pulled up with a hamstring pull, and bring on Scott Wilson.

Still Rangers pressed and Taffarel blocked excellently with his legs after de Boer's cross was headed down in textbook fashion by McCann at the back post.

Rangers: Klos, Reyna, Konterman, Porrini, Vidmar, Kanchelskis, Ferguson, Tugay, Albertz, de Boer, Lovenkrands.

Subs: Brown, Dodds, McCann, Wilson, Miller, Negri, Ross.

Galatasaray: Taffarel, Popescu, Unsal, Akyel, Korkmaz, Akin, Penbe, Davala, Hagi, Sas, Jardel.

Subs: Inan, Buruk, Aykut, Atalay, Asik, Capone, Marcio.

Referee: M Merk (Germany).

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