Steven Gerrard hailed Allan McGregor’s wow-factor since the Rangers keeper produced a string of stunning saves to assist the 10-man Ibrox side clinch a stage\.
Gers were left against it once Daniel Candeias has been sent off just minutes before half-time.
But despite having to perform the entire second half of a person down, Rangers clung on to the 0-0 draw that keeps their Europa League fantasies alive going into the final Group G clash with Quick Vienna in a fortnight’s time.
Victory at Austria will probably be enough to watch the staff of Gerrard in the past 32 and he acknowledges his players have McGregor to thank.
The was twice confronted with the sight of this LaLiga big guns’ Cameroon international Karl Toko Ekambi racing on his goal but on occasions, he came out with a set of blocks.
Asked to sum up the Scotland No 1’s performance, the Rangers supervisor said:”Only 1 word, actually – wow!
“I am working out of things to say regarding him. He’s been top-class since day one, each and every day in training and all the matches\. Those saves tonight were wow.
“This was a heroic night. I’m very pleased with my players. Daniel Candeias has a great deal of friends in this dressing room. \Every single one of them dug in against a group, a group filled with high, top players after he was sent off and rolled up their sleeves.
“To compete against this amount of staff over two matches and not lose means I’m really satisfied in the circumstances.”
Candeias was \on a booking when he darted to chase down Santiago Caseres alongside Alfredo Morelos along with James Tavernier.
After four ended up in a pile and as Caseres wrapped around theatrically, Slovenian referee Matej Jug chose the Portuguese winger was to blame and snapped a 2nd yellow – though he needed to be reminded by the people that a reddish was required after seeming to forget he had already cautioned Candeias.
“I’d like to observe the sending-off again because it occurred on the opposite side of this pitch,” said Gerrard. “I would be guessing right now but we will certainly analyse the incident and make a judgement once we see it from different angles. Daniel feels hard done by, however.”
Gers could have snatched victory but watched a Glenn Middleton hit ruled out for offside.
However, Gerrard – whose side battled to turn it into the group point – admits that he couldn’t be prouder of a squad that have the chance.
He explained:”We had some great moments with 10 guys and could really have stolen it, although we did not deserve to win the equilibrium to playwith. If we hadn’t taken a stage But it might have been unkind.
“We all know go to Vienna with the chance of creating the group phases and I would have taken that if Shkupi came here in the beginning of the trip.
“The players have set up a fantastic match with the chance to march to the final 32. If we somehow do that, that strides in my personal book. We’ve got two weeks to prepare for that match and we’ll go to Vienna and give everything we’ve got.”