6 Aug 2008

Rangers out of Europe

2:48 pm on 6 August 2008

A late header by Linas Pilibaitis gave Lithuanian club Kaunas a shock 2-1 victory over Rangers in the Champions League second qualifying round second leg.

Rangers, runners-up in the UEFA Cup last season, went into the game under threat of an embarrassingly premature exit from European competition following a goal-less home draw in Glasgow last week.

Their worst fears were realised when Pilibaitis headed in a corner with three minutes remaining.

Defeat at this stage of Champions League qualifying means the Scottish team do not even drop into the UEFA Cup.