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Rangers v FK Shkupi: Live stream, TV channel and highlights details as Steven Gerrard makes Gers bow in Europa League clash on BT Sport

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The Liverpool legend will take charge of the Gers for the first time in the Europa League qualifying first-round first leg, which will air on BT Sport 1 HD and BT Sport 4K UHD from 7.15pm (kick-off at Ibrox is 7.45pm).

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Rangers v FK Shkupi: Match preview

The World Cup is still in full flow and the strawberries are still flying off the shelves at Wimbledon.

Hell, even the Betfred Cup – exclusively live on BT Sport, you know - doesn’t start until Friday.

But for Rangers and new boss Steven Gerrard, the serious business begins right now.

And what’s more, the stakes feel oddly raised ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League opener against FK Shkupi.

The game represents a curious juxtaposition between the old and new as the Glasgow giants embark on their latest rebuilding exercise.

While excitement and intrigue surrounds Gerrard’s first-ever top-level managerial assignment, there is also an inevitable sense of trepidation after the events of 12 months ago.

Rangers fans will need no reminding of Progres Niederkorn: two words that had them waking up in a cold sweat for a large chunk of last summer.

The Luxembourg part-timers, of course, ousted the Gers over two legs in one of the most embarrassing episodes in the recent history of the club.

Then-manager Pedro Caixinha never fully recovered from the hammer blow of the 2-1 aggregate defeat and his brief, ill-fated reign was eventually curtailed three months later.

If disaster strikes again in the clash with team who finished fourth in Macedonia’s top flight last term, Gerrard may be spared the kind of concerted abuse Caixinha received.

Yet it is hard to remember another Europa League qualifying game being played out against such a febrile and tense narrative backdrop.

The Ibrox clash is a sell-out and those who have bought tickets are presumably hoping to see immediate signs of progress – rather than Progres - under their new big-name boss.

Gerrard has admitted he fears a similar humbling on Thursday night, but insists that his players will be armed and ready to avoid such a scenario.

“They’re unknown in terms of what type of club we are going to be playing against,” he said.

“But by Thursday the players will have watched their strengths and weaknesses a lot. We’ll have scouting reports and will do every bit of due diligence we need to do on the opposition to make sure that [the] players have no excuses.

“Ties like this are difficult in different ways. With all due respect, it’s not the same as coming up against world-class players and a world-class team.

“But it is tricky because the players won’t really know too much about the opposition and they won’t really know too much about certain individuals.

“If you don’t approach it right you can have that shock value. If you take someone lightly that is when you come unstuck.

“It is my job to make sure the players are ready - and they will be ready.”

Gerrard has certainly wasted little time in bolstering the squad he took over from Graeme Murty, who steadied the ship in a caretaker capacity following Caixinha’s acrimonious departure.

Tuesday’s captures of Mali midfielder Lassana Coulibaly and Nigeria striker Sadiq Umar were the eighth and ninth new arrivals of the former Liverpool and England skipper’s nascent tenure.

The African pair follow Gerrard’s former team-mate Jon Flanagan, keeper Allan McGregor, centre-halves Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic, and midfielders Scott Arfield, Ovie Ejaria and Jamie Murphy – in joining Rangers.

It is unclear how many of that group will take the field against Shkupi, but there is an expectation that the new-look Gers will not fluff their lines so spectacularly this time.

Will Gerrard be using the Progres debacle as motivation for the new men and those who remain and still bear the scars?

“I haven’t watched the two games,” he admitted.

“With all due respect, I’m not really interested in the two games.

“They’re nothing to do with me. They were played under the previous manager.

“Obviously, it was one of those games. If you don’t approach games in European competition with the right attitude and mentality you can face major problems.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s the first qualifying round or it’s the semi-final, if you don’t approach it right you’re in trouble.”

Instead, Gerrard challenged his players to deliver for the fans, who have suffered more than their fair share of despair since the club’s seismic slide into insolvency and relegation to the fourth tier six years ago.

“These fans want better and they deserve better,” he added.

“This is the most successful club out there so it is a difficult thing to do to ask for patience.

“Players have to be ready for the pressure and the responsibility of being a Rangers player.

“If you can’t handle it then you are in the wrong place.”

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