Rangers are a step closer to the Europa League group stages after their 3-1 win over NK Maribor at Ibrox last night – much to the delight of their fans.
Goals from Alfredo Morelos, James Tavernier and Lassana Coulibaly secured victory although the tie was still level at half-time thanks to a fine strike from Mitja Viler five minutes before the break.
The home side were quickly into their stride and led inside 10 minutes only to be pegged back.
Rangers made their class pay in the second half, however, when Tavernier slotted home a penalty to restore their advantage.
Coulibaly netted four minutes from time to add some gloss to the night’s performance and put them in control of the tie.
It was a day to remember for Rangers fans, many of whom declared themselves happy with manager Steven Gerrard’s efforts in the transfer window to overhaul the squad.
— Ross McLaren (@micky7541) August 10, 2018
On the night, supporters took to Twitter to praise the performances of the goalscorers with Morelos in particular coming in for plenty of praise.
He reacted quickest to score the opening goal from close range and then – depending on your viewpoint – was either fouled or made the most of contact in the box to earn Rangers’ second via the penalty spot.
Morelos also had a goal disallowed for offside in the first half and almost made contact with the ball before Coulibaly did to make the game safe in the closing moments.
It was some performance from the Colombian, who was sent off after just 12 minutes of Rangers’ league opener against Aberdeen at the weekend – although that card has now been rescinded.
This was much more like it and fans thoroughly enjoyed the way he made life difficult for the Maribor defenders all night.
Here is a selection of their tweets.
What a night for Rangers and Alfredo Morelos best striker performance seen at Ibrox in years 🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/VLtdMZnT1m
— Conor Smith (@conorsmithh) August 10, 2018
🗣 Rangers now have the advantage and what a time to be a Rangers fan. This is the team we have been missing. A team that will fight for the badge and a team of warriors. Alfredo Morelos was just unplayable today. What a player and he’s now shutting up his critics. pic.twitter.com/yQwlX3IiRM
— THERANGERSBIBLE (@Rangersbible72) August 9, 2018
What an absolute buzz tonight was, not had that feeling at Ibrox in a long time!
Tavernier finally stepping into a captains role.
Some burd needs to let Coulibaly impregnate her.
Morelos was outstanding.
I love Rangers. 🔴⚪️🔵
— Manderin Macdonald (@FraserMac94) August 9, 2018
credit too morelos best i’ve seen him in a rangers shirt, worked tirelessly for the team and gave there defence a torrid time
— Jamie (@JamiePaterson18) August 9, 2018
Morelos was absolutely brilliant tonight, unplayable at times, held the ball up brilliantly and didn’t give their defence a minutes peace! This further strengthens my opinion that the majority of football journalists up here know very little about Football!!
— Dave Rangers (@RangersSpud) August 9, 2018
What a night at ibrox. Loved it. The best night in many a year. 2nd was outstanding. Morelos – arguably best performance for Rangers. Goldson, tavernier, coulibaly and arfield brilliant. 🔴⚪🔵
— RT (@Rt_415) August 9, 2018
I love Coulibaly and I love Morelos. In fact I just love every Rangers player. Gave their all and earned my love 💙🇬🇧💙🇬🇧
— Alan Carmichael (@aldoc85) August 9, 2018
Outstanding 2nd half. Morelos was brilliant leading the line. A Rangers team fighting for each other. My wee boys 1st Euro game. Lucky boy.
— Al Bundy Loyal (@dougsie72) August 9, 2018
Tonight was absolutely incredible! Best Rangers performance in th3 past 7 or 8 years easily. Morelos had his best game in a Rangers top aswell. Is it too early to say….. We are back baby!!💙🔴⚪🔵
— Ross McLaren (@micky7541) August 9, 2018
Every player in a Rangers shirt ran themselves ragged tonight. Thought Tav was everywhere. Morelos gave their back line fits. Kante has posters of Big Coulibaly in his room!
Ties not done. They were a decent side. Their big keep pulled off some worldys!
— Daniel Gibson (@DannyGibson17) August 9, 2018
Great performance from rangers tonite 👏🏻 Tav was outstanding, Morelos n Coulibaly brilliant aswell 🙌🏻🇬🇧⚽️
— Jamie Evans (@JEvans2285) August 9, 2018
Pure passion off Morelos when he won the penalty never mind when he scored the goal, exactly what rangers have been missing for years now
— Sean Black (@SeanBlackk) August 9, 2018
Coulibaly outstanding, Tav excellent, Arfield excellent, Morelos brilliant, Flannagan brilliant, Katic excellent, Goldson quality! Finally a rangers team full of desire, commitment and dedication! Underestimate us at your peril! #55
— Scott 💙🤚🗡🛡 (@_Scott_1872) August 9, 2018
Morelos was outstanding tonight, Coulibaly will destroy the SPL and our work rate was phenomenal. Best Rangers performance in years!
— Brian Lawrie (@B_Lawrie) August 9, 2018
Rangers don’t half make it nervy at times but what a win. Morelos deserved MOTM. Was like a man possessed tonight
— Craig Todd (@ctodd19) August 9, 2018
Fantastic from Rangers in the second half. Morelos.. he was outstanding. Delighted with the 2-goal lead.
— Jamie (@jamiecurrie89) August 9, 2018
Morelos was absolutely unplayable tonight. What a performance rangers!! Get a goal over there and this tie is over. What an atmosphere as well.
— Sam Garrett (@SamKGarrett) August 9, 2018