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Dortmund were in action on Thursday night as they hosted Rangers in the first-leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie.

But it was a night to forget for the Bundesliga side as they suffered a 4-2 thumping at the hands of the Scottish champions.

The visitors stormed into a 2-0 lead before the break as James Tavernier struck from the penalty spot before Alfredo Morelos tapped in from close range.

And Rangers were in dreamland as John Lundstram’s scintillating effort made it 3-0 just four minutes into the second period.

Bellingham reduced his side’s deficit moments later courtesy of a thumping drive but the away team soon had a fourth after Dan-Axel Zagadou turned the ball into his own net.

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Dortmund had to search for a way back into the encounter and kept the tie alive as Raphael Guerreiro struck late on.

And Bellingham was defiant after the final whistle as he admitted he would take responsibility in ensuring his team-mates don’t throw the towel in ahead of the second leg in Glasgow.

“There’s not one person in the changing room that’s going to give up and I won’t let them,” the England midfielder said after the match.

“We’re going to go there and we’re going to give everything.

“As I said we’ve got to be up for it otherwise we’re going to get rolled over again because they’re a really good team and it’s as simple as that.


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“We’ve got to buck our ideas up and produce something.”

Bellingham is still just 18 years old but already appears to be taking a leading role off-the-pitch at Signal Iduna Park.

And those characteristics are akin to Ronaldo’s traits, with the Portugal forward always attempting to inculcate a winning mentality into those around him.

United wanted to sign Bellingham when he was still a Birmingham City player, but the midfielder turned them down on that occasion.

And that could be an indication that Bellingham could now opt for a move to Merseyside instead, with some reports claiming Jurgen Klopp’s team have already agreed personal terms with the youngster.

But whatever happens this summer, Bellingham’s immediate concern will be on helping Dortmund overturn their disadvantage against Rangers.

“Like we showed, we can score goals – but I think it’s the defensive side of the game that we need to just be a bit wary of going to Ibrox,” Bellingham added.

“We know how hard it’s going to be. For me personally I can’t wait to play at Ibrox.

“It’s one of the best stadiums in Europe in my opinion when it’s packed on a European night. So bring it on.”

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