Rangers fans noting Union Saint’s abysmal result yesterday would do well to ignore it – the Belgians completely rested 80% of their whole first team from Tuesday to save them for the return leg – it was a fringe XI.
The Belgians are desperate to make the group stage of the CL for the first time in their history, while Rangers are bidding to make it for the first time in over a decade, so there’s a lot on the line for both sides.
And Rangers’ comfortable win over Killie was with a few changes in mind for next week, while Union’s humbling at the hands of mighty Mechelen basically altered the bulk of their first XI so they weren’t expecting much on their travels.
In terms of Tuesday Rangers will have to be at their best to overcome a side desperate to get to the playoffs, and whose result against the Famous in midweek will be cherished to the point of extreme protection.
They know Ibrox will be a cauldron and Rangers will be a totally different prospect, boosted by the confidence of a 100% league start and the signs of a bit of form in the last match.
But fans taking seriously their loss at the weekend should ignore it entirely – what matters is Tuesday and the fact they’ll be back to full strength.