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Rangers draw some pride as Champions League campaign ends

Bursapor 1 Rangers 1: Kenny Miller scored his 19th goal of the season but Rangers could only end their Champions League campaign with a draw against Bursaspor in the Bursa Ataturk stadium.

The Ibrox striker broke the deadlock in the 19th minute when he lashed a left-footed shot from 12 yards past Yavuz Ozkan after good work from Steven Naismith and Steven Whittaker down the left-hand side.

However, the Scottish champions were forced to defend for most of the second half and in the 79th minute Sercan Yildirim stabbed the ball past Allan McGregor to give the Turkish club their first Champions League point although they finished bottom of Group C.

Rangers went into the match with no chance of qualifying for the last 16 of the competition but with a place in the Europa League already secured.

However, the Scottish champions were looking for the win which would improve Scotland's UEFA coefficient, net them around £750,000 in prize money and also help their chances of being seeded in UEFA's second-tier club competition.

Walter Smith sprung a surprise by handing 18-year-old Darren Cole his debut as right-back in a five-man defence, while Madjid Bougherra was back in the centre of defence beside David Weir, with Miller again playing the lone striker's role.

In the 19th minute the Scottish champions grabbed the lead with Miller's first Champions League goal of the season.

Naismith sent Whittaker down the left and when his low cross came into the box, the Scotland striker sent a stunning strike from the penalty spot high past goalkeeper Yavuz Ozkan from 14 yards.

The Rangers support almost had more to cheer about minutes later when Cole curled a cross to the back post where Naismith was unmarked, but he looped a header just over the bar.

Bursaspor's early enthusiasm looked to have dampened and there was some trouble within a section of the home crowd before several spectators broke through the security cordon and across no-man's land to goad the Gers fans penned in at a corner.

An uneasy peace was restored but the Govan side looked comfortable and compact as they defended their lead.

In the 79th minute Bursaspor got a deserved equaliser when Ozan Ipek's cross from the left found Sercan Yildirim 12 yards from goal and, he knocked the ball past McGregor.

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