Steven Gerrard enjoys Europa League victory thanks to Alfredo Moreles header

first_img Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Morelos scored the winner in Croatia (pictured scoring in a pre-season friendly) Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence The Liverpool boss would have been delighted with the clinical performance of his side Rangers claimed their first European away win in a decade as Alfredo Morelos’ header secured a 1-0 victory over Osijek.Two sloppy showings already this season had meant the Colombian has come under intense scrutiny for his performances in Rangers’ opening Europa League qualifier with Macedonians Shkupi. But the 22-year-old answered his critics in the perfect manner as he grabbed the all-important away goal with his 18th-minute winner at the City Garden Stadium.Gerrard’s team had to ride their luck at times but the Light Blues held on for their first away triumph in Europe since beating Sporting Lisbon on their way to the 2008 UEFA Cup final.Gerrard did make three changes to the side which saw off Shkupi in Skopje last week, though, with loanees Lassana Coulibaly and Ryan Kent handed debuts, while Ovie Ejaria came in for his first start.The Liverpool legend was worried by his side’s lack of cutting edge in the previous round and was given more cause for concern as an Osijek side who beat PSV Eindhoven home and away last term sliced through Rangers three times within the opening 15 minutes. predicted gameday highlights How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? possible xi smart causal 2 who plays? ALTERED How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Osijek’s threat had not been blunted though. Jon Flanagan almost put Rangers in trouble on the half-hour mark as his scuffed clearance fell to Robert Mudrazija 18 yards out but McGregor rescued the left-back, while Tavernier had to boot Petar Bockaj’s strike off his line at the start of the second period.The Croats were lucky to keep 11 men on the park as Domagoj Pusic escaped with only a yellow after a dangerous airborne collision with Ryan Jack.McGregor again proved his importance to Rangers as he pulled off another crucial block when Tavernier made a mess of a clearance.And while Osijek tried to put on the squeeze in the final stages, Gerrard’s team held firm to preserve their vital lead ahead of next Thursday’s Glasgow return. Latest Football NEWS 2 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes NEW ERA Mirko Maric flashed over Allan McGregor’s crossbar before the Scotland goalkeeper had to scramble away a deflected Alen Grgic effort, with Maric then getting his angles wrong as he connected with a fantastic first-time ball from his skipper Borna Barisic.But having survived that early storm, Rangers hit their hosts with a sucker-punch.Croatia international Nikola Katic was determined to impress on his return home and sent Kent racing in behind with a fantastic ball over the top. The winger drove inside but saw his shot nudged wide by a flailing leg.From the corner, the ball was knocked back to James Tavernier and the Rangers captain produced a trademark cross to pick-out Morelos, who did brilliantly to hold off Danijel Loncar before nodding home from close range. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade last_img