Miller slams the opening goal for Rangers in Bursa
By Keir Murray
Rangers were pegged back by a late Sercan Yildirim strike for Bursaspor, most likely ending their chances of being seeded in the Europa League.
Kenny Miller lashed a cracking left-foot shot past Yavuz Ozkan in 19 minutes to put the Ibrox side ahead.
And his Scotland strike partner Steven Naismith ought to have headed another.
But the Turkish champions pushed Rangers back for most of the second half, with Federico Insua going close with a free-kick before they levelled.
Rangers fashioned the first chance of the match when Miller, in his familiar role as lone striker, dashed down the left and had his cross cut out by the Turks' goalkeeper Ozkan a fraction before it was set to land on Naismith's head.
Bursaspor, sitting second in their domestic league, had suffered a dismal Champions League campaign prior to this match.
Indeed, they had not registered a point and were keen to avoid joining Fenerbahce as a Turkish side that had lost all six group games.
With Argentine Insua pulling the strings in midfield, the Turkish champions enjoyed plenty of touches on the ball but their first-half attempts to break down the Scots' rearguard were unconvincing.
Their best early chance came by way of a mistake by Kyle Hutton when the 19-year-old central midfielder was caught in possession at the edge of his penalty box.
However, he had the frame of Leonel Nunez to thank when he inadvertently blocked Huseyin Cimsir's fierce shot.
Miller's last goal in this tournament was in Celtic colours, though he had notched one for Rangers a decade ago.
His finish to break the deadlock was almost worth the wait.
Steven Whittaker surged down the left wing and hit a low cross behind the line of retreating green and white jerseys.
The top scorer in Scottish football stepped back and met the ball forcefully with his left boot to lash it past Ozkan.
Madjid Bougherra had returned to the defence to join Whittaker and David Weir in a three-man central defensive formation and stifled the attacking threat of Yildirim and Insua.
The latter blazed over the bar from 10 yards after showing good awareness to find space, and Bekir Has tried a long-range shot that trundled into McGregor's arms.
Rangers might have grabbed a second goal in the first half. Darren Cole, making his first-team debut at 18, advanced from his right-back berth and looped a cross towards the back post where Naismith ought to have done better than head over the crossbar.
Defender Omer Erdogan came on for Serdar Aziz and Huseyin Cimsir left the field to be replaced by midfielder Pablo Batalla as Ertugrul Saglam re-jigged his team.
Ozan Ipek pinged a ball across the six-yard box that McGregor managed to nick off the toe of Insua, then Batalla finished a one-two with that player, poking his shot a yard wide of the Rangers goal.
Bursaspor were looking the more inventive as the second period progressed but could not manage to work their way past the visitors.
From a Batalla corner, the ball was headed out to Has, who crashed a dipping volley just over the bar from 20 yards.
As the Green Crocodiles camped in Rangers' half, they won a free-kick in a central position 25 yards out. Insua's curler evaded the wall and the despairing McGregor but was fractionally wide of the upright.
James Beattie made his return from a hip injury, replacing Miller, and Vladimir Weiss took the place of Naismith for the final exchanges.
The pair had retreated into their own half as play slid towards the Rangers goal, but combined on the break only for the promising move to break down when the Slovakian attempted to be too fancy when a simple pass would have at least have kept possession.
Rangers eventually cracked under the pressure. Ipek nipped past Cole and crossed into the box where the alert Yildirim took one touch and poked the ball into the net.
The Turks searched for the winner and the goalscorer may have added a second when, after a slick one-two with Insua, he weaved into the box and fell to the turf instead of shooting at goal.
Yildirim claimed he had been tripped by Weir but the referee allowed McGregor to collect the ball and settle his defence.
The SPL champions held on in the final minutes to take their tally to six points, almost certainly not enough to make them a seeded team in the Europa League round of 32.
90:00+3:41 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
90:00+2:12 Shot by Bekir Has from 20 yards. Lee McCulloch gets a block in. Pablo Batalla takes a shot from just outside the penalty area
clears the crossbar.
89:55 Gokcek Wederson delivers the ball. Bekir Has produces a drilled left-footed shot from 20 yards. David Weir gets a block in.
Foul by Mustafa Keceli on Steven Whittaker, free kick awarded. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
88:32 Pablo Batalla gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Davis. Free kick taken by Steven Davis.
87:20 A cross is delivered by Mustafa Keceli.
83:44 Centre by Pablo Batalla.
81:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vladimir Weiss by Mustafa Keceli. Richard Foster crosses the ball from the free
kick right-footed from left wing.
81:44 Substitution Darren Cole leaves the field to be replaced by Jordan McMillan.
81:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ozan Ipek on Madjid Bougherra. Madjid Bougherra takes the free kick.
80:19 Bekir Has gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Madjid Bougherra. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Davis
from right channel, clearance made by Milan Stepanov.
80:19 Booking Bekir Has receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
78:26 Assist by Ozan Ipek.
78:26 GOAL - Sercan Yildirim:Bursaspor 1 - 1 Rangers Sercan Yildirim finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bursaspor 1-1 Rangers.
77:25 Ozan Ipek takes a shot. Madjid Bougherra gets a block in.
77:20 Gokcek Wederson delivers the ball.
76:43 James Beattie handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Omer Erdogan.
76:14 The ball is crossed by Mustafa Keceli.
75:51 Pablo Batalla crosses the ball, clearance made by David Weir.
73:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pablo Batalla by Lee McCulloch. Federico Insua has a direct shot on goal from
the free kick.
71:58 Turgay Bahadir fouled by Steven Whittaker, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Gokcek Wederson
from right wing.
70:08 Substitution Vladimir Weiss comes on in place of Steven Naismith.
66:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by James Beattie on Bekir Has. Omer Erdogan restarts play with the free kick.
66:09 Booking James Beattie is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
64:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle Hutton by Ozan Ipek. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
64:33 Booking The referee books Ozan Ipek for unsporting behaviour.
62:59 Gokcek Wederson takes a shot and went wide of the right hand post.
61:47 The assistant referee flags for offside against Leonal Nunez. Indirect free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
61:47 Substitution James Beattie on for Kenny Miller.
61:47 Substitution Leonal Nunez goes off and Turgay Bahadir comes on.
61:16 Mustafa Keceli crosses the ball.
59:57 Shot from just outside the area by Steven Davis misses to the right of the target.
59:21 The ball is swung over by Mustafa Keceli.
57:39 Corner taken right-footed by Pablo Batalla, clearance by Kyle Hutton. Shot from just outside the box by Bekir Has goes over
53:57 Shot from just outside the box by Pablo Batalla misses to the left of the target.
51:38 The ball is sent over by Sercan Yildirim, clearance by David Weir. Pablo Batalla sends in a cross, Steven Whittaker manages
to make a clearance.
50:08 Unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch by Leonal Nunez results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee McCulloch.
49:38 Milan Stepanov fouled by Kenny Miller, the ref awards a free kick. Milan Stepanov takes the direct free kick.
47:05 Pablo Batalla takes a shot. Madjid Bougherra gets a block in.
46:52 A cross is delivered by Ozan Ipek.
46:33 Kenny Miller produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
45:48 Substitution Pablo Batalla is brought on as a substitute for Huseyin Cimsir.
45:26 Unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch by Sercan Yildirim results in a free kick. Lee McCulloch takes the free kick.
Correction - 45:01 Substitution Huseyin Cimsir leaves the field to be replaced by Pablo Batalla.
45:01 The second half has started.
45:01 Substitution Omer Erdogan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Serdar Aziz.
45:00+0:09 The match has reached half-time.
42:17 A cross is delivered by Ozan Ipek, save by Allan McGregor.
38:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Cole on Gokcek Wederson. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Federico Insua from
37:13 A cross is delivered by Mustafa Keceli, David Weir makes a clearance.
36:30 Unfair challenge on Bekir Has by Kyle Hutton results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Serdar Aziz.
31:54 Corner from right by-line taken by Steven Davis.
31:19 Huseyin Cimsir challenges Steven Naismith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Whittaker.
Correction - 26:42 Centre by Darren Cole, Close range header by Steven Naismith goes over the bar.
26:42 The ball is crossed by Darren Cole, Steven Davis produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
24:38 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Federico Insua.
24:01 Leonal Nunez takes a shot. David Weir gets a block in.
23:55 Gokcek Wederson crosses the ball, clearance by David Weir.
Correction - 18:57 Assist by Steven Whittaker.
18:57 Assist on the goal came from Steven Whittaker.
18:57 GOAL - Kenny Miller:Bursaspor 0 - 1 Rangers Kenny Miller scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Bursaspor 0-1 Rangers.
17:59 Kenny Miller is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Milan Stepanov.
15:09 Effort on goal by Leonal Nunez from just inside the area clears the bar.
14:29 Unfair challenge on Milan Stepanov by Steven Naismith results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Yavuz Ozkan.
14:05 Huseyin Cimsir takes a shot. Blocked by Leonal Nunez.
13:00 A cross is delivered by Gokcek Wederson, Leonal Nunez takes a shot. Madjid Bougherra gets a block in.
12:39 Leonal Nunez takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Whittaker.
9:13 The assistant referee flags for offside against Kenny Miller. Mustafa Keceli takes the indirect free kick.
7:17 Bekir Has takes a shot. Save by Yavuz Ozkan.
5:24 Steven Davis sends in a cross, clearance made by Milan Stepanov.
5:08 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Steven Davis.
5:01 Centre by Darren Cole, blocked by Gokcek Wederson.
4:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle Hutton by Huseyin Cimsir. Steven Naismith takes the direct free kick.
3:44 Kenny Miller produces a cross, Yavuz Ozkan makes a save.
3:04 The ball is swung over by Bekir Has.
1:39 Kenny Miller concedes a free kick for a foul on Milan Stepanov. Gokcek Wederson restarts play with the free kick.
0:00 The referee gets the game underway.
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