Steven Gerrard got his Rangers reign off to a winning start as the Ibrox side scrapped their way to a 2-0 Europa League win over FK Shkupi.

Jamie Murphy put the hosts ahead against the Macedonians midway through the first half but it was not the kind of display the excited Gers faithful had been expecting from their new boss' first game in charge.

New skipper James Tavernier ensured Gerrard's side will head to Skopje for next Thursday's first qualifying round return leg with breathing space after tucking home a stoppage-time penalty.