Second choice goalkeeper Neil Alexander shut out PSV Eindhoven to hand Rangers a fighting chance of progressing to the last eight of the Europa League with a first-leg goalless draw in Holland.

The Scottish champions sprang a surprise by naming Alexander in goal, with first choice goalkeeper Allan McGregor on the bench, and boss Walter Smith no doubt mindful of the Co-operative Insurance Cup final looming this month.

And the move paid off as Rangers claimed a result that will give them hope of finishing the job in front of their own fans when the Dutch travel to Ibrox for next week's second leg.

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