Scottish press try to use Liege to crush Rangers

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LIEGE, BELGIUM - APRIL 08: Igor De Camargo of Liege reacts after the 1:2 goal scored by Hamburg's Mladen Petric during the UEFA Europa League quarter final second leg match between Standard Liege and Hamburger SV at Maurice Dufrasne stadium on April 8, 2010 in Liege, Belgium. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The Scottish press have gone into meltdown in trying to break Rangers’ Europa League chances down tonight by arguing in favour of Standard Liege’s home record.

Now, don’t get us wrong, we deal in facts, and on the pure face of it, their record is very, very good in all competitions.

But there’s a tonne more to this than meets the eye and we’ll take you through it.

First off, Liege at home have not faced a high quality side since Arsenal last year – which they could only draw.

Since then their opponents have been Belgian fodder only and diddies in the Europa League qualifiers.

This is not to p*ss on that home record (haven’t lost in all competitions since December) but they’re not facing the cream of Europe.

And in the qualifiers their opponents have been complete unknowns.

On purely the numbers and results, yes, they’re to be respected, but when we look a bit deeper it’s not as impressive. And the fact that our away record at this level is stunning and we’ve beaten some top class sides means Liege really aren’t that frightening.

Incidentally the best side they have beaten is Brugge, who did win the Belgian league and took Zenit as well, so they’re not total mugs, but they’re not the fortress at home our press wants you to believe.

Especially given the next piece we’ll share with you….