Steve Gerrard’s new Glasgow Rangers team will get the opportunity for revenge over Luxembourg outfit Progrès Niederkorn in two weeks time.
Cork City lost 2-0 to Progrès in the first leg qualifying first round Europa League tie to leave them odds-on to play the Gers in the second round.
Progrès took great pleasure in knocking Rangers out of the same tournament in 2017, after the Scots won the first leg 1-0 at Ibrox, then lost 2-0 in Luxembourg with poor defending.
Pedro Caixinha’s Gers team were not fit enough or properly prepared for this tie, that unfortunately, came far too soon in the season.
Most of the players were not good enough, especially in the defence, as they were unceremoniously dumped out of the competition in shame.
Gerrard’s complete set of new Rangers players are very fit, and the team is bursting with great players in every position. They will be very difficult to beat this season.
Greg Kamara and Joe Aribo look fabulous players in this Rangers side. They are athletic, energetic and box-to-box players who can interchange throughout in matches.
Jordan Jones is tactically brilliant. He can play wing-back, left midfield, on the wing or use his pace through the middle on occasions. Steve Davis produced another fine performance in Rangers’ 4-0 win in Gibraltar.
And Greg Stewart is another versatile player who can easily adapt to many different positions in the same game. On either wing, anywhere in midfield or as a striker.
I think Jake Hastie has a good future at Ibrox, and Gerrard appreciates his attitude and efforts in closing the opposition players down.
Ryan Jack opened the Rangers scoring in the first competitive game of the season with an accurate shot in the corner then Ojo, the improving Borna Barisic and Alfredo Morelos killed the tie at 4-0 against St Joseph’s.
Progrès will find Rangers an entirely different proposition this time. Hopefully, Gerrard’s team will find it much easier to beat them this season.