After a gruelling campaign that has seen Steven Gerrard’s side face challenges across the continent, Rangers have secured their spot in the group stages of the Europa League.
The Scottish giants did not make things easy for themselves though in a 2-1 aggregate victory over FC Ufa, drawing the second leg 1-1 on Thursday evening and finishing the game with nine men following the dismissals of Alfredo Morelos and Jon Flanagan.
One of the Rangers players who caught the eye was 20-year-old talent Ovie Ejaria, who shone in the triumph and earned plenty of plaudits from supporters on social media.
On loan from Liverpool, Ejaria has enjoyed a bright start to his spell in Glasgow after scoring one goal in his three league games and picking up further appearances in the club’s Europa League qualifying campaign – scoring the opening goal on Thursday and a strike that proved to be decisive.
Ejaria still has many stern tests lying ahead of him but fans were thrilled with his performance and praised his display on social media. We have gathered some of the best reactions below.
@Ejaria dynamite big man 💙💙💙💥
— Is This The Way to A Morelos (@BlueSea1872) August 30, 2018
I’ve been impressed with Ejaria he is getting better every week at Rangers the boys got a big future in the game we should all enjoy watching him while he’s here
— james cartwright (@jamesc2936) August 30, 2018
@Ejaria Outstanding recently and great goal tonight! Enjoy your celebrations tonight well deserved 👏 Good luck sunday bro 👌🏼👌🏼🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🔵⚪🔴
— David Robertson (@hiyalad) August 30, 2018
Great result in the circumstances, ejaria played like he was two men today and shaded the man of the match award in an epic team performance👍
— George Smith (@george_smith63) August 30, 2018
Let’s not get carried away but a few things I noticed today…
1. Ejaria is better than Zidane ever was
2. Mcgregor is a ninja
3. Steven Gerrard is more powerful than god #LetsGo 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧
— Thelionbrand (@thelionbrand) August 30, 2018
What an achievement by Steven Gerrard making the group stages. Unbelievable.@Ejaria outstanding. Great effort from all the players. Feel like ive put in a 90 minute shift aswell 😂😂 nerves are shattered.
— Gregco (@Gregco_) August 30, 2018
— Marc Warren (@MarcWarrenGolf) August 30, 2018
Can we crowdfund to sign Ejaria permanently
— Conor Cunningham (@conorconor17) August 30, 2018
Ejaria 😍😍what a player
— c (@govanfrontred) August 30, 2018
Anyone who tells me Ejaria isn't a player now is getting punted.
— John McDougall (@MrMcDiddle) August 30, 2018
Ejaria is getting better with every game. Could be a fantastic signing for us this year.
— Aldo (@alanjhorne) August 30, 2018