Rangers’ new acquisition, Cyriel Dessers, wasted no time in leaving his mark as he found the back of the net for his first goal of the season in their intense encounter against Servette FC during the third round of the UEFA Champions League qualifiers.
In a tenacious match at the Ibrox Stadium on Wednesday night, Super Eagles striker scored the crucial second goal for Rangers, securing a hard-fought 2-1 win over Servette.
The Scottish Premiership contenders set the pace early on, with James Tavernier swiftly converting a penalty just six minutes into the game, taking the lead.
Demonstrating strong dominance, Rangers continued to control the match, and their persistence paid off when Dessers struck just nine minutes later.
With a skillful cross delivered by Borna Barisic, Cyriel Dessers displayed his impeccable positioning, effortlessly tapping the ball into the net to double Rangers’ advantage to 2-0.
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However, Dessers experienced a sudden downturn in fortune, conceding a penalty just two minutes before halftime, which Servette capitalized on as Chris Bedia found the target from the spot.
Throughout the remainder of the match, Rangers maintained their stronghold over their opponents but struggled to convert their territorial advantage into additional goals.
Despite his presence on the pitch for 88 minutes, the Nigerian international put in a commendable performance, contributing positively to the former Scottish League Champions’ efforts.
It’s worth recalling that the 28-year-old forward, who had recently made the move from US Cremonese, joined Rangers earlier in the summer, marking his presence in July.
Despite an initial goal drought in his first four matches, Dessers finally broke through against Servette in front of the fervent home crowd in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League qualifiers.
As the match ended with a 2-1 scoreline in favor of Rangers in Glasgow, the team now faces a journey to Switzerland with a slight lead for the upcoming second leg next week.