Rangers cautious against Lyon

Walter Smith fielded a cautious line-up for Rangers’ crunch Champions League qualifier against Lyon at Ibrox.

Walter Smith fielded a cautious line-up for Rangers’ crunch Champions League qualifier against Lyon at Ibrox.

The Govan side needed only a draw to qualify out of Group E in to the last 16 along with Barcelona but in a 4-5-1 formation, Daniel Cousin was the lone striker.

Rangers showed one change from the side that beat Lyon 3-0 in France earlier in the campaign, midfielder Steven Whittaker in for DaMarcus Beasley, who is out for the rest of the season with knee ligament injury.

Lyon knew only a victory would do and coach Alain Perrin went with three attackers in Sidney Govou, Hatem Ben Arfa and teenager star Karim Benzema.

Rangers: McGregor, Hutton, Cuellar, Weir, Papac, Hemdani, Thomson, Whittaker, Ferguson, McCulloch, Cousin.

Subs: Carroll, Boyd, Adam, Darcheville, Broadfoot, Naismith, Faye.

Lyon: Vercoutre, Clerc, Squillaci, Anderson, Grosso, Juninho, Toulalan, Kallstrom, Govou, Benzema, Ben Arfa.

Subs: Roux, Bodmer, Baros, Remy, Reveillere, Belhadj, Keita.

Referee: Lubos Michel (Slovakia)

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