Tonight European football returns to Ibrox as we face Royal Antwerp in the second leg of the round of 32 of the UEFA Europa League, Rangers come into this 4-3 up on aggregate after a rollercoaster performance last Thursday in Belgium.
Rangers have shown that they can really turn up on a European night and even without fans Rangers have had another spectacular season in the Europa League after topping their group winning 4 out of 6 games and drawing the other 2, however many people would argue that last week’s performance was not our greatest show as despite the score line Rangers still struggled to take hold of the game at times. That being said it also showed us the Royal Antwerp know how to find the goal but themselves are a lot weaker than Rangers.
Having an away goal advantage of 4 and being 1 up in the tie Rangers are in a very good position to progress into the next round, 1 goal from Rangers would effectively bury the tie.
Rangers will be without Kemar Roofe and James Tavernier after they were both forced off early last week with injuries, Ryan Jack will also miss the game after he limped off against Dundee United. It is likely that Leon Balogun will keep his place at right back after a good showing at the weekend as well as Ryan Kent, It can be predicted that we will see a similar team that started the weekend’s game with Glen Kamara presumably taking Ryan Jack’s place.
The visitors will be without 6 players due to injury and will also be without Abdoulaye Seck after he saw red in the 89th minute last week.
Rangers will be hoping for an easy ride on Thursday but if last week showed us anything we should expect the unexpected. Gerrard will likely instruct his players to go out and play our game and we will win the tie and progress into the next round.