There’s a secret about Union Saint that you don’t know, and it’s a doozy.
From the misguided souls in our support who still think the Belgians won their league, to the ones who reckon a side who were last in the top flight in ’73 and won the league over a hundred years ago are an epic opponent, we would like to clear one other little-known fact about them.
Now, before we go on, we are in no way disrespecting a side in the CL – this is a strong opponent like all are, because this competition is a massive hike over the UEL.
But this team are NOT the one who came second in the Belgian Jupiler last season:
They’ve lost almost every player who got them there. AND their manager.
TWELVE players have left Gilloise this window, with four contracts expiring as Bosmans, and four loans returning to their parent clubs. One sale in there too and a few bits and pieces outgone.
They have brought players in, so to speak, including loan returns, but ultimately Union Saint are NOT the side who did so well in the Jupiler – hell, they even lost their manager, with the new boss only in the job a month and a half.
He’s also admitted publicly he needs some investment to get players in by the time Rangers arrive next week.
In short, Rangers are in a much stronger position at present than their opponents are.
We must respect this side, and turn up completely, but we could not have asked for a better draw or opponent to face – this is the strongest chance we could have had in this round to negotiate for the playoffs.