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MAN UTD continued their preparations for the Premier League’s return with a 4-4 draw among themselves in a warm-up match.

And the Red Devils are continuing to look at ways of strengthening their squad as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly starts talks with Bayern Munich’s Corentin Tolisso.

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Rangers 2-1 Galatasaray: Steven Gerrard’s side seal their place in Europa League group stage

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Rangers remain imperious in this domain. Each year, the opposition barring their path has improved. Each year, Steven Gerrard and his players have navigated a way through.

A 19th qualifying match without defeat means Europa League group stage football will visit Ibrox for a third successive season. This achievement, though, can stand a little above the admirable efforts of the previous two campaigns.

Unlocking a prize fund of up to £10million demanded intelligence and diligence against a Galatasaray side who competed in the Champions League last time round.

Scott Arfield celebrates putting Rangers 1-0 up at Ibrox against Galatasaray on Thursday night

Scott Arfield celebrates putting Rangers 1-0 up at Ibrox against Galatasaray on Thursday night

Alfredo Morelos celebrates with Arfield after Rangers took the lead against Galatasaray

Alfredo Morelos celebrates with Arfield after Rangers took the lead against Galatasaray

James Tarvernier's header made it 2-0 to Rangers, which proved to be the winning goal

James Tarvernier’s header made it 2-0 to Rangers, which proved to be the winning goal

Tavernier was mobbed by his delighted Rangers team mates after the final whistle

Tavernier was mobbed by his delighted Rangers team mates after the final whistle 

Gerrard’s side produced precisely what was needed, displaying all the experience they harvested on the continental stage.

After a tense, tight first half, goals from Scott Arfield and captain James Tavernier – his seventh in seven games – propelled Rangers into the draw at UEFA HQ in Nyon this lunchtime. The nerves created by Marcao’s 87th minute response only served to heighten delight at full-time.

For Gerrard, the reasons why are obvious. Aside from prestige, the Ibrox manager expressed a belief on Wednesday that his remaining transfer plans could hinge on European progression. Attempts to secure another midfielder ahead of Monday’s deadline can now be stepped up.

This competition has already provided the means to rebuild and strengthen Gerrard’s squad. What happens over the next four days could also have an obvious influence on the attempt to stop Celtic from winning a tenth successive Premiership title.

That task will resume when Ross County visit on Sunday. Before then, Rangers are entitled to savour this slaying of a Turkish giant. It also stands a huge result for Scotland’s coefficient in the bid to bring an automatic Champions League place back these shores.

It was achieved amid emotional sub-plots. Alfredo Morelos didn’t score but came out on top against hero Falcao. Then there was Ianis Hagi.

Born in Istanbul when dad Gheorghe was creating a legend a Galatasaray, the 21-year-old Romanian provided the assist for Arfield’s invaluable opener.

Gerrard’s team selection was a simple process. Rested to protect a tight groin in Sunday’s 5-1 win over Motherwell, Borna Barisic returned to left-back as expected. Hagi was restored ahead of Jordan Jones, while fit-again Ryan Jack was left on the bench to avoid disrupting a midfield trio that had shone in its previous two outings.

Rangers conceded three minutes from the end through Teixeira but they managed to hold on

Rangers conceded three minutes from the end through Teixeira but they managed to hold on

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard and Galatasaray manager Fatih Terim exchanged heated words

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard and Galatasaray manager Fatih Terim exchanged heated words

Former West Ham United winger Sofiane Feghouli started for the Turkish side in Glasgow

Former West Ham United winger Sofiane Feghouli started for the Turkish side in Glasgow

Falcao’ presence at the spearhead of Galatasaray’s line-up reminded of the continuing strength of Galatasaray. With coronavirus biting across the continent, however, their need for the the finance of group stage qualification was no less acute than their host’s.

It was Ranger who displayed the early urgency. On the front foot from the start, Gerrard’s men sought to pull their opponents out of shape with quick passing that sought to maximise the wing-back raids of Tavernier and Borna Barisic.

The latter delivered a fourth minute corner headed down by Connor Goldson to prompt handball appeals against Martin Linnes. Two weekend spot-kick offences had arrived from those offences at Fir Park, but Latvian referee Andris Treimanis was unmoved here.

A swift break then led to Tavernier sweeping in the most tempting of deliveries from the right flank. Arfield timed his run from midfield almost to perfection, the ball evading his sliding attempt to connect by millimetres.

The Ibrox men came closer still on 11 minutes by an already familiar route. Another Barisic corner was aimed deep for Goldson. This time, a powerful header was diverted over the bar by the smart reactions of Galatasaray centre-back Christian Luyindama.

Rangers' Colombian international Alrfredo Morelos has scored five goals so far this season

Rangers’ Colombian international Alrfredo Morelos has scored five goals so far this season

Galatasaray pushed Rangers all the way forcing a late goal but ultimately it wasn't enough

Galatasaray pushed Rangers all the way forcing a late goal but ultimately it wasn’t enough

It was a frustrating night for the Turkish side, who must now focus on domestic football

It was a frustrating night for the Turkish side, who must now focus on domestic football

It was an intervention that ensured the Turks weathered the early storm. Inevitably, they began to push back. Rangers’ control of midfield eroded for a spell as Younes Belhanda started to show his play making class.

A Ryan Babel cross from the left could have been converted by Sofiane Feghouli had Barisic not tracked to deny him sufficient space.

Then Goldson and Arfield got in a mix-up that allowed the visitors to spring forward. The ball was worked to Feghouli at the edge, with Rangers exuding a collective sigh of relief when the Algerian midfielder blazed hopelessly high. It was his cross that led to Galatasaray’s turn for a dismissed handball shout – against Arfield.

Gerrard’s team often seemed reluctant to press too high. As it was, though, their best chance from the remainder of the first half came when Luyindama’s forward pass was blocked by Kent. The space was there, but Alfredo Morelos and Hagi couldn’t combine to exploit it.

A clearer opening followed just 55 seconds after the restart. A lovely run down the left by Kent ended up with a cross stood up nicely for Morelos. The Colombian couldn’t get quite enough power behind his header, however, and goalkeeper Faith Ozturk was able to grasp.

Galatasaray sit third in the Turkish league and have taken seven pints from their three games

Galatasaray sit third in the Turkish league and have taken seven pints from their three games

Filip Helander had to produce an excellent block on Feghouli at the other end, but this time Rangers would be rewarded for starting a half with purpose. The vital breakthrough arrived on 52 minutes – via a beautifully constructed move.

Tavernier fizzed a low forward pass that Morelos allowed to run to Hagi. By this point, Arfield was already on the move. His instinctive understanding of how and when the attack space was rewarded when Hagi rolled a perfectly weighted angled ball in front of him.

There was still work to do, but Arfield did with style. A lovely finish off the outside of his right foot beat Ozturk and shot confidence through the veins of his team-mates.

That new assurance was rewarded by a doubling of the advantage seven minutes. Barisic worked hard to get to the touchline, with his cross looping high from an Omar Elabdellaoui deflection.

It took it from one full-back to another. Tavernier closed in, towering above Martin Linnes to head high into the net.

Marcao headed home a corner in the 87th minute to create anxiety but Rangers emerged with another sizeable scalp.

Steven Gerrard couldn't contain his delight after steering Rangers to the group stages

Steven Gerrard couldn’t contain his delight after steering Rangers to the group stages

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Man Utd blow as Barcelona demand they pay Ousmane Dembele’s £215k wages in full to seal loan transfer

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BARCELONA will demand Manchester United pay the whole of Ousmane Dembele’s huge wages if they let him out on loan.

The £215,000 a week France forward has emerged as a possible alternative to key target Jadon Sancho.

Barca are thought willing to offload 21-cap Frenchman Ousmane Dembele, but if Man Utd borrow him they might need to pay all his wages

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Barca are thought willing to offload 21-cap Frenchman Ousmane Dembele, but if Man Utd borrow him they might need to pay all his wagesCredit: Rex Features
Old Trafford chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eyeing Ousmane Dembele as time runs short to land transfer priority Jadon Sancho

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Old Trafford chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eyeing Ousmane Dembele as time runs short to land transfer priority Jadon SanchoCredit: PA:Press Association

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to wrap things up quickly with the transfer window due to close on Monday.

Barca are looking to raise funds after being hit hard by the coronavirus and with a move for Manchester City’s Eric Garcia in their sights.

They would like to offload Dembele, 23, in a permanent deal but United are reluctant.

Yet Barca may be willing to let him move on loan, providing a club agrees to pay his  salary in full.

That could yet prove to be a sticking point, with United’s search for a new attacker likely to go down to the wire.



Solskjaer could have more cash at his disposal with moves to Italy pending for both Chris Smalling and Andreas Pereira this weekend.

Talks with Barca over Dembele appeared to be going well earlier in the week.

The ex-Rennes star had last season wrecked by two hamstring injuries.

And he last started a game 11 months ago.

Dembele was also in Ronald Koeman’s bad books on Monday as he turned up 15 minutes late for training.

Meanwhile, United’s hopes of landing Borussia Dortmund’s England attacker Sancho, 20, are fading.

There have been few positive signs since Old Trafford chiefs tabled an offer some months ago of £70million up front rising to £100m.

Instead, German giants Dortmund have stood firm on their desire for a fuller payment in one go.

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Premier League clubs refusing EFL bail-out after finding out Championship owners worth £32bn

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PREMIER LEAGUE clubs will further resist an EFL bail-out after learning Championship owners are worth more than £32BILLION.

Top-flight teams are coming under increased Government pressure to stump up the £250m EFL chairman Rick Parry says is necessary to keep his 72 clubs alive.

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Chien Lee tops the list as the head of the on £7bn consortium owning Barnsley

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Stoke City's owners Denise Coates and family are worth around £6.9m

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Stoke City’s owners Denise Coates and family are worth around £6.9mCredit: PA:Press Association

But as Parry held a further meeting with Prem chief Richard Masters to thrash out a lifeline deal, the anger of club bosses has reached new levels.

Latest figures for the 24 Championship owners, compiled from a number of financial sources, estimate the total wealth of the clubs in the upper tier of the EFL adds up to an eye-opening £32.367bn.

One senior Premier League source told SunSport: “When you look at what the Championship owners are worth between them you have to ask why they need any money from the Premier League.”

£250m IS 0.77% OF THEIR WEALTH

Meeting the £250m figure Parry has publicly stated is needed for the EFL clubs to all remain alive, would add up to just 0.77 per cent of their collective wealth.

And that sum does NOT include the £7.72bn fortune owned by steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, frequently ranked as Britain’s wealthiest person, who has one third of QPR.

The list is led by the £7bn wealth of the consortium owning Barnsley, led by Chinese-American Chien Lee.

There are also billionaire owners at Stoke, Sheffield Wednesday, Coventry, Blackburn, Bristol City, Cardiff, Preston and Reading.

Prem sides do have sympathy for clubs in Leagues One and Two, who are almost entirely reliant on gate income.

But they will have private talks over the weekend to plot their next step ahead of Tuesday’s next virtual “shareholder” meeting.

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