£40M and Champions League on the line for Rangers

£40M and Champions League on the line for Rangers
Rangers' James Sands and Union's Dante Vanzeir fight for the ball during a match between Belgian soccer team Royale Union Saint-Gilloise and Scottish Rangers FC, Tuesday 02 August 2022 in Heverlee, the first leg in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League competition. BELGA PHOTO LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ (Photo by LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ / BELGA MAG / Belga via AFP) (Photo by LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Tomorrow Rangers don’t win a CL spot and £40M, but they sure as heck could lose them.

Union Saint, who will only bring 50% of their potential allocation to Ibrox, stand between the Famous and a playoff final with either Monaco or PSV, and while the first leg was an absolute disaster, as we’ve said before, Rangers and Gio away from home in Europe has never been anything other than a fail.

So, like Celtic all those years ago in the 00s in the CL, we’re imperious at home but utterly vulnerable on our travels.

Except, of course, at Haaland-less Dortmund (let’s face it, if he’d been fit we’d have stood no chance).

Nevertheless, the tables turn on our own patch.

At home Ibrox is a fortress for visiting European sides, with very few able to take wins away, and only a select few managing draws.

And that 12th man, that colossal Rangers support in Govan will be needed again for Rangers to show up, put on a gritty performance and secure passage to the final round.

Make no mistake, Rangers are 100% capable of winning 3-0 or even more against a side who are far from great.

Union were quite ordinary in Belgium, which makes Rangers’ dire display even more galling.

And that has every chance of being completely reversed tomorrow.

But Gio needs to get the team and tactics right, and we sure have faith in him doing so after all the errors last Tuesday.

The CL and £40M rests on the Dutchman getting it spot on tomorrow night.

As well as the players giving everything they have.

We expect no less.

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  1. Seems odd that in order to promote our hopes of overturning this crucial tie you choose to downplay our efforts from last season. Beating Dortmund away by 4-2, even without Haaland, was still one of our best ever results in Europe. And I don’t consider our away record in Europe under Gio a fail. In every case we got the result we needed, even in losing, to put us through. Draws in Alashkert, Brondby and Lyon as well as very narrow single goal defeats in Prague, Braga and Leipzig is not a record to be embarrassed about and certainly should never be compared to Celtics record.

    • No, just speaking the truth. We have been horrible away from home in Europe under Gio. And you’re pushing it, we didn’t get the result we needed at all, we played most of the away legs first, and recovered the damage at Ibrox for historic nights.

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