Leon Balogun and Kemar Roofe on target in Rangers win over Brondby

There is a legitimate and prevailing sense that Rangers have been stuck in neutral for most of this season. The highs of the previous campaign have not been reached, a point not at all lost on their manager, Steven Gerrard. Straightforward victories such as this can only help to improve the Ibrox mood. Rangers retain hope of, at the very least, Europa Conference League football in early 2022 after breaking their Group A duck.

An exceptional performance was not delivered against Brondby but it was not required. Brondby arrived in Glasgow as the sixth-placed team in Denmark and proceeded to perform accordingly. Rangers fully deserved their win, with Gerrard’s only visible frustration that it did not arrive by a wider margin.

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European football roundup: Roma humiliated 6-1 by Bodø/Glimt

  • José Mourinho’s side thrashed in Europa Conference League
  • Real Betis draw 1-1 with Sevilla in Europa League

For the first time in his career, José Mourinho watched one of his sides concede six goals as Roma were embarrassed by Bodø/Glimt, losing 6-1 in the Europa Conference League.

Erik Botheim fired the Norwegian champions in front after just eight minutes, and midfielder Patrick Berg quickly made it 2-0 with a fine strike from the edge of the area. Carles Pérez pulled one back before half-time at the Aspmyra Stadium, which lies just inside the Arctic Circle.

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Patson Daka strikes four as Leicester roar back from brink at Spartak Moscow

Patson Daka did more than relaunch Leicester’s Europa League ambitions. With four expertly taken goals in Moscow, the Zambia international announced himself as a striker who could thrill Leicester for years. If he gave a hint of his talent when scoring his first Premier League goal against Manchester United on Saturday, then on Wednesday – with 34‑year‑old Jamie Vardy watching from the bench – the 23-year-old signed for £23m last summer blazed a trail towards a bright Leicester future.

“It’s been an amazing few days for me and the team,” said Daka after scoring all the goals in a spectacular comeback. Until he weighed in with a hat-trick in nine minutes – and then added a fourth goal – Leicester’s Europa League ambitions lay in smithereens.

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‘Not enough’: Gerrard demands more Rangers goals from Morelos

  • Striker has five goals from 15 matches this season
  • Manager says Morelos is ‘not at his best’

Steven Gerrard has warned Alfredo Morelos that a record of one goal every three games this season is “not enough”, with the Colombian one shy of 100 goals for Rangers.

Morelos was noticeably sluggish as Rangers slipped to a 1-1 draw against Hearts at Ibrox on Saturday. His latest attempt to reach three figures will come as Brøndby visit Ibrox on Europa League business on Thursday. Gerrard said it was “quite obvious” Morelos was “not at his best”.

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