Michael Beale applauds Rangers fans on Twitter

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) U21 coaches David Unsworth of Everton (left) and Michael Beale of Liverpool during the Liverpool v Everton U21 Premier League game at Langtree Park on...

Rangers earned an excellent first-leg win over Maribor on Thursday night.

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Liverpool U23 coach Michael Beale (left) with U18 coach Neil Critchley during the Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion Premier league Cup game at Prenton...

Rangers first-team coach Michael Beale has taken to Twitter to applaud the Ibrox crowd as the Gers secured a magnificent 3-1 win against Slovenian side Maribor in Europa League qualifying.

Steven Gerrard arguably earned his best result in six matches as manager of the Scottish giants as goals from Alfredo Morelos, James Tavernier and Lassana Coulibaly gave Rangers an excellent chance of progressing.

 

Almost a sell-out, 48,001 fans crammed into the 50,000-capacity Ibrox to watch on as Rangers dominated from start to finish and arguably should have scored more - Morelos straying offside in what should have been an easy goal.

Beale, who joined the club after working with Gerrard at Liverpool following a short stint in Brazil with Sao Paulo, was full of praise for the Rangers fans as he reacted on Twitter to the win.

Rangers now face newly-promoted St. Mirren who are managed by former Celtic defender Alan Stubbs, and will also have a rivalry with the likes of Beale and Gerrard due to his two spells at Everton as a player.

The Gers then travel to Slovenia next week in a bid to see out the tie against Maribor, with the prize being a place in the Europa League qualifying play-offs.

Gerrard's side will face Russian outfit UFA or face another test against Progres Niederkorn - the side that embarrassingly knocked Rangers out at the first qualifying stage last term. UFA won 2-1 in Russia on Thursday.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is seen during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Ibrox Stadium on July 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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