Rangers claimed one of their biggest European scalps in recent years to reach the group stages of the Europa League for a third season running.

Second-half strikes from Scott Arfield and James Tavernier secured a memorable 2-1 win over Galatasaray that Light Blues fans across the country will have savoured despite being shut out of Ibrox.

The game started with mistakes from both sides, with such a massive prize at stake for one of two household names in European football.

But only the home side managed to shake off the anxiety for the second half as things finally clicked in attack for two special goals.

The visitors boasted a team featuring Colombia legend Radamel Falcao, a man who has twice lifted the hulking Europa League trophy.

He also won Ligue 1 with Monaco and another French champion, Younes Belhanda, was entrusted with the playmaking while double La Liga winner Arda Turan of Atletico Madrid and Barcelona fame was ruled out after a Covid scare.

All that pedigree. And yet the Istanbul giants are the latest in a long line of big European names that have fell to defeat in Govan, despite a late consolation from defender Marcao.

Here are our 5 talking points from the game.

5 talking points

Game of two halves for Rangers

An early mix-up between Tavernier and Connor Goldson had Rangers hearts in mouths early on and that pattern repeated itself at times throughout the opening 45 minutes.

Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent struggled to link up in the first half with an array of misplaced and overhit passes that meant the Ibrox side couldn't play their natural attacking game.

Another exchange between Morelos and Ianis Hagi that could have resulted in a clear chance was mopped up by Taylan Antalyali.

Shortly after, Kent got the better of Christian Luyindama with a superb turn but he and Morelos were not on the same wavelength again when the Colombian stopped his run just as his mate slid the ball through.

It was unlike Gerrard's side, perhaps a sign of the nerves such a mammoth, all-or-nothing fixture naturally brings. But whatever the manager said at half-time, he managed to get it out his side's system.

That was evident seven minutes after the restart when a flowing attacking move saw Hagi set up Arfield for a clinical finish and his side were far more composed in the second 45 minutes.

Full force

The second goal for Rangers was just classic of Gerrard's modern side.

Left-back Borna Barisic burst down the left and spotted one up from the byline. Galatasaray keeper Fatih Ozturk was rooted to his goal-line - first choice Fernando Muslera may have done better - and the ball hung in the air for an age.

When it eventually dropped, captain and opposite full-back Tavernier arrived in the six yard box to nod into the bottom corner.

At times Barisic was caught too far up the pitch, presenting opportunities to right-winger Sofiane Feghouli, but without that cavalier attitude the home side wouldn't have scored that vital second goal.

The tiger is tamed

Maybe he's showing his age with a 35th birthday coming early next year.

Or maybe it was such a stellar job by Rangers defenders Filip Helander and Connor Goldson - who admittedly looked suspect on the ball at times against some of the visitors' other attacking threats.

Either way, the man known as 'El Tigre' in his home country may wish to downgrade that moniker to a less threatening species of cat after being tamed in Glasgow. 'El Tabby' was perhaps more apt on Thursday night.

He notched 14 goals in 25 games since arriving in Turkey before the game in Govan but in the end Goldson and Filip Helander came up trumps in arguably the biggest individual test of their Rangers careers.

This is a man who was once considered one of the greatest number nines in the world at the peak of his powers last decade. And the two centre-backs had the measure of him.

Davis rolls back the years

Playmaker Belhanda is reportedly set to leave the Turkish giants if a suitable offer comes in over the next few days.

A Ligue 1 winner with Montpellier, he was key to the way Galatasaray played.

The Moroccan was engaged in an enthralling battle with midfielder Steven Davis throughout the game. Davis was once nutmegged near the corner flag and was forced into conceding several fouls on his man.

But the veteran midfielder did just enough to contain Belhanda and the battle was won on the 65th minute when Fatih Terim replaced his man.

He'll celebrate his 36th birthday when the bells ring in 2021 to leave this wretched year behind but since the recent injury to midfield mainstay Ryan Jack, Davis has proved he is still capable of some top-level performances.

Set-piece test passed

The tremendous aerial threat of Luyindama coupled with Belhanda and Emre Kilinc's deliveries meant set-pieces were one of Galatasaray's key threats and a stern test of the Ibrox defence.

DR Congo international Luyindama is listed at 6 foot 3 but some observers will have been questioning the accuracy of that measurement. In a crowded penalty area, he stood head and shoulders above everybody.

Falcao was another obvious man to keep an eye on but in the end, despite a few close shaves, the Rangers rearguard passed the test with flying colours.

Swedish stopper Helander, in particular, pitched in with a number of vital clearing headers.

Marcao did get what turned out to be a consolation at the end from a corner but in the main the defence did well.