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Rangers crash out of the Champions League

Glasgow Rangers crashed out of Europe last night, going down 2-1 to FBK Kaunas in Lithuania. Last year's Uefa Cup finalists had been expected to progress to the Champions League third-round qualifier despite recording a scoreless draw at Ibrox last week.

The Scottish club started well, taking the lead through a Kevin Thomson strike in the first-half. But Rangers looked shaky at the back and profligate in front of goal with Kenny Miller, Andrius Velicka and Christian Dailly all squandering chances to send the Glasgow side through.

Kaunas equalised thanks to a 35-yard thunderbolt of a free-kick from Nerijus Radzius before Linas Pilibaitis landed the sucker punch sealing a famous win for the Lithuanian side. The loss will have serious financial implications for Rangers who had been banking on funds from the Champions League to compete with city rivals Celtic.

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