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Weir confident Gers still have 'every chance' of last 16 place

Rangers captain Davie Weir believes there is all to play for in their Europa League clash with Sporting Lisbon despite losing a late away goal.

Rangers opened the scoring in the 66th minute when Steven Whittaker rose brilliantly to head home a Vladimir Weiss corner.

But Matias Fernandez headed in an 89th-minute equaliser to ensure Sporting will reach the last 16 if they keep a clean sheet in the return leg in Portugal next week.

Weir said: "To lose a goal as late as we did after managing to get in front and improving as the game went on, obviously the overall feeling is disappointment.

"There is still all to play for, I don't think there is a great deal between the teams.


"I'm sure they will feel they have the upper hand now but I still think we have every chance.

"The fact that we created chances when there was so little time left gives us hope."

Rangers appeared to sit back after scoring but Weir denied it was a conscious tactic.

He said: "At 1-0 it's a funny one because do you stick or twist, try getting another one and risk losing one? It's a difficult one."

Rangers reached the final of the UEFA Cup in 2008 after seeing off Panathinaikos, Sporting and Fiorentina following goalless first legs at Ibrox.

But Weir does not think the away goal will radically alter the dynamics of the second leg.

"We will approach the game in the same way and we will just have to take out chances when they come along," he said.