Social media was buzzing on the evening of 4 July as Luxembourg’s FC Progrès Niederkorn beat the Rangers 2-0 at the Josy Barthel stadium, sending the Scottish team packing out of the Europa League qualifiers.
Even sports broadcaster and retired football player, Gary Lineker, got in on the action, posting about the Luxembourg win to his over 6 million followers--which, naturally, the FC Progrès Niederkorn team was also happy to share on its Facebook page. Lineker’s words were retweeted over 17,000 times.
Rangers lost to a club in Luxembourg. Not Luxembourg but a club in Luxembourg. Not the best team in Luxembourg, the 4th best in Luxembourg.
The win marks one of the worst moments for the Glasgow-based Rangers in their 145 years. The team’s manager, Pedro Caixinha, stated on the club’s website that he takes full responsibility for the loss.
Disappointed fans were quick to comment on the team’s Facebook page as well, with many calling it the “most embarrassing moment” of their lives. Luxembourg resident Jorge Viana da Cruz added his comment as well: “I live in Luxembourg and I saw the dedication of the Rangers fans in town, singing and supporting their team hours before the game. The team needs to put in at least as much effort and show as much passion as the fans.” Ouch.
As for FC Progrès Niederkorn, it had plenty to celebrate, and an after-football party was held in Clausen after the game, with the tagline “Clausen goes Scottish”. Check out the video to relive the big win.