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Rangers v Kaunas as it happened


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By Colin Moffat

That's all folks. Rangers fans will be upset at a poor showing from their favourites but shouldn't be too downhearted. After all, they were the masters of the 0-0 draw at home en route to last season's Uefa Cup final.

"The tempo was slow and Rangers really need to up it for the return leg. They look short in midfield but Kenny Miller and Nacho Novo were sharp and Kirk Broadfoot can be happy with his performance at the back."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

"Winning ugly is tolerable when you win, but to fail to win while playing very very ugly - then expect a backlash."
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FULL TIME: Rangers 0-0 FBK Kaunas. A very disappointing score for Walter Smith's men, who looked rusty and lacked imagination in the final third.

2133: Three minutes of added time. Can Rangers sneak a late winner? The crowd (which was 34,847 by the way) has gone very quiet. Indeed, quite a few have already made a premature exit.

2127: Kaunas are sitting deeper and deeper and Rangers are thwarted by a third goal-line clearance. Nacho Novo is the man denied this time.

2123: "It's still very flat. Rangers have 10 minutes to lift the crowd. I wouldn't like to be going to Lithuania at 0-0."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

2117: Visiting goalkeeper Kello flaps unconvincingly at a powerful long-range dig from Charlie Adam but the ball drops wide for a corner.

2115: Lee McCulloch goes close with a shot and striker Andrius Velicka comes on to make his Rangers debut against his former team. Kenny Miller trudges off.

"boyd, boyd krissy krissy boyd, he gets the ball he scores a goal, krissy krissy boyd."
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Germanger is singing his heart out in front of his computer. Can this little ditty inspire the lacklustre Gers?

2107: Kenny Miller's shot is parried away and Boyd's arrival is greeted with the biggest cheer of the night from sparse crowd.

2103: Kris Boyd is warming up to replace Jean-Claude Darcheville. Can the prolific striker rescue Rangers again?

"It's not been Darcheville's night."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds.

Malky the Morton fan has been in touch from Abu Dhabi and he wants some goals. He doesn't say who for though...
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2054: Kenny Miller flashes a dangerous ball across the goalmouth but it's just beyond the advancing Jean-Claude Darcheville and Lee McCulloch.

2052: Kevin Thomson lets fly with a strike from 30 yards but it drifts wide of the target.

2048: The second half kicks-off with Nacho Novo taking up a wide right position.

"A draw would be a disaster for Rangers. They need a spark and maybe Nacho Novo could come on and lift the team."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds.

Doddsy must be a mind-reader because the wee Spaniard is coming on. Christian Dailly is the man withdrawn.

Our match report from Ibrox may be delayed because my colleague Keir Murray has laptop troubles. Well, that's his story. Anyhoo, it doesn't sound like he's had too much to write about.

"For me Kenny Miller has been the best player for Rangers, although Jean-Calude Darcheville looks like he's in the wrong movie."
BBC Radio Scotland summariser Chick Young.

"We have the players to win these games comfortable. One problem however. They are needed to keep the bench warm."
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HALF-TIME: There were a few worrying moments for Rangers in the first 45 minutes but they have been unlucky to see two efforts cleared from the goal-line.

2029: A diving header from Lee McCulloch flies too high from Charlie Adam's corner as Rangers pick up the tempo late in the first half.

2026: Another goal-line clearance for the visitors! Kenny Miller slips Jean-Claude Darcheville through with a great pass and the Frenchman rounds the 'keeper, only to see his weak shot scrambled away by a sliding defender.

"Come on Walter go back to the old style - with Boyd and Novo up front your bound to get the goals."
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2020: Brazilian striker Rafael Ledesma has been quiet for Kaunas but curls in an excellent shot and Allan McGregor is called on to make a fine save on the edge of his six yard box.

2018: It's not really happening for Rangers at the moment, although left-back Sasa Papac is getting forward more and causing the visitors a few problems. Lee McCulloch gets on the end of a good cross from the Bosnian but is stretching and can't get the ball on target.

"We play with too many players out of position, remember the days of using wingers?"
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2009: Rangers goalie Allan McGregor is given a scare by an ambitious long-range shot from Grigalevicius, which flashes a yard wide of the target.

2006: The brief change of commentary almost brought a goal for Kenny Miller but the striker's lob, which had beaten the 'keeper, is headed clear on the goal-line.

2005: Oops! John Barnes has dropped off the air. However, Sportsound anchor Richard Gordon manfully steps in and does a rather good job with his commentary.

2004: "The Rangers full-backs are going to have to get forward more often because Kaunas look comfortable in midfield."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds.

2000: Rangers are having to do more than their fair share of defending as the visitors look lively with their sharp movement in the final third of the pitch.

1950: A powerful strike from Charlie Adam is deflected wide for a corner but Rangers can't threaten the visitors from the set-piece.

"Should have been ten Scots, Boyd on instead of Darcheville, or stick with the nine and have Boyd and Velicka up front."
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1948: The first corner of the game goes the way of Kaunas but the home side clear their lines without difficulty.

1945: And we're off... Rangers get started with nine Scots in the XI.

1944: The BBC Radio Scotland gang estimate that there is a crowd of just 20,000 or so, which is very disappointing, if accurate.

1940: "Kenny Miller doesn't have the 100% backing of the crowd here, that's for sure."
BBC Radio Scotland summariser Chick Young.

1935: "There is no natural width in the team so Rangers might just have to rely on getting balls into the box any way they can and getting on the end of knock-downs."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds.

1927: "I am not looking forward to this at all." skottland on My Sport. "I am not happy with the strikers up front."
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Chin up, skottland. It was just 77 days ago that your team was in the Uefa Cup final! Have some faith...


Rangers: McGregor, Dailly, Broadfoot, Weir, Papac, Whittaker, McCulloch, Thomson, Adam, Darcheville, Miller. Subs: Alexander, Hemdani, Boyd, Novo, Webster, Lafferty, Velicka.

FBK Kaunas: Kello, Radzius, Mendy, Kancelskis, Mrowiec, Luksa, Pilibaitis, Grigalevicius, Fridrikas, Zelmikas, Ledesma. Subs: Dreer, Manchkhava, Zubavicius, Baguzis, Cinikas, Rimkevicius, Mamic.

1919: Kenny Miller is coming in for some stick on My Sport before a ball is kicked. Can the Scotland striker prove his doubters wrong?
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1915: "I don't think it will be pretty but Rangers will have enough to win by two or more."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds.

1913: Midfielders Lee McCulloch and Kevin Thomson have recovered from knocks, while Kirk Broadfoot plays in central defence in place of the injured Carlos Cuellar.

1909: Kenny Miller and Jean-Claude Darcheville will start up front for the home side. Full team news to follow shortly.

1908: "They are a massive team and their main threat will come from set-plays," Rangers assistant manger Ally McCoist. "So, it's important that we are disciplined and don't give away cheap free kicks."

1900: Welcome to our live text coverage as Rangers embark on their bid to reach the lucrative group stage of the Champions League. The match kicks off at 1945 BST.

We would like to hear your views during the game, so, if you are a fan in exile or simply can't make it along, send us your messages of support and thoughts on the match as the action unfolds.

Sadly, you won't be able to watch the game on any television channel, which makes life that bit harder for me.

However, BBC Radio Scotland trio John Barnes, Chick Young and Billy Dodds are at the stadium, which I can see from the office.

The limitations of our technology (mainly egg boxes and yoghurt cartons on bits of string) means I am chained to the desk in Beeb HQ but my colleague Keir Murray will be taking a seat at Ibrox and sending in his musings.

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