Euro results stunner gives Rangers Champions League edge

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Europa League group G match between Rangers FC and FC Porto at Ibrox Stadium on November 07, 2019 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.
The decision has been made.... .(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In YET ANOTHER example of evidence of just how good Rangers are this season, it’s even worth looking at how good they were last season, and in particular those two matches v Porto.

As you’ll remember, Rangers comfortably won 2-0 before being held in the Dragao 1-1.

This was against a side widely-fancied to do very well indeed in the competition.

Well, Porto this season are, of course, a Champions League team again, having won the Portuguese top flight by a considerable margin, and it’s worth having a look at just how they’re doing in their CL group.

And how are Porto faring v Man City, Olympiacos and Marseille? Comfortably second and qualified.

The only team that has actually beaten them or even got a point was City, and so this side, who Rangers quite comfortably beat at Ibrox, and then got just about held in Portugal, is happily qualified for the KO stage of the Champions League.

The team isn’t even that much unchanged. Corona, Otavio, Uribe, Marchesin, Pepe, Marega, Luis Diaz etc are all still there, while they actually sold their star man Fabio Silva in the summer, so are arguably marginally weaker than they were.

It gives some clue that under this manager, this squad is absolutely a Champions League-level team, and is performing not so much above its weight in the Europa League but possibly even below it.

If Porto are this easy into the last 16 in the Champions League, and Rangers were pretty much comfy against them, we are very interested to see just what we get from this club next campaign.