Rangers draw FK Shkupi in first round of Europa League qualifying

Steven Gerrard and his Rangers side will face Macedonian opposition in the Europa League. Picture: SNS
Steven Gerrard and his Rangers side will face Macedonian opposition in the Europa League. Picture: SNS
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Steven Gerrard will begin his Rangers career by facing Macedonian side FK Shkupi in the first round of Europa League qualifying.

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The new Ibrox manager learned the identity of his first opponents on Wednesday morning as the draw was made.

Should Rangers defeat Shkupi they will face either CS Petrocub of Moldova or Croatian side NK Osijek.

The first leg is scheduled to be played at Ibrox on Thursday 12 July. The return leg will take place in Macedonia seven days later.

These dates could still be subject to change as Shkupi are one of three Macedonian teams in the Europa League draw to hail from Skopje, the country’s capital.

Shkupi finished fourth in the First Football League last season. It was their highest finish since gaining promotion to the top flight in 2015.

Their Cair Stadium, named after a municipality in the city, holds 6,000 with just 2,800 seats.