Speaking of remarkable stats, we have another one for you, one which gives good hope come February when we entertain Portuguese giants Braga.
Rangers’ record in Europe under Steven Gerrard has been pretty astonishing, let’s be honest. Losses have barely been deserved, while the club has punched with its weight against some pretty heavy opponents.
But what fans may be less aware of is just how far back we have to go to consider Ibrox as anything other than a fortress in Europe.
Sure, we had a few years in the European wilderness, but this doesn’t alter that Rangers have every chance of making the last 16 of the Europa League based on home competency:
You have to go back to July 2011 against Malmo for the last time Rangers lost at home in ANY European competition, at any level, be it a qualifier or the main event.
That’s right, in all the attempts at Ibrox any overseas guest has made since Ally’s army lost at Ibrox nearly a decade ago, no one has come away from Ibrox with any more than a draw.
And if you want to go back even further and isolate it to Europa League, then PSV Eindhoven were the last side to win at Ibrox in March of the same year.
Since then, aside Malmo, no one else has succeeded in conquering Ibrox – not Villarreal, not Rapid, not Spartak, not Porto, not Feyenoord – no one.
It gives Rangers a strong critical foundation to take to Portugal in February – if the trend of home domination can continue, Rangers WILL take a result to the Municipal Stadium, and every chance of giving themselves half a foot in the quarters, with just one more round to go after Braga.
And that would be absolutely astonishing.