Rangers make the trip to Denmark on Thursday evening to take on FC Midtjylland in their latest Europa League qualifier.

Gers booked their place in the third round after seeing off St Joseph’s and Progres Niederkorn with relative ease, as they now face a much tougher task to continue their European campaign.

Jon Flanagan has returned to the Rangers squad for the tie after missing pre-season due to injury, with Matt Polster making way, however the defender is unlikely to make the starting line-up as he works on his match fitness.

According to The Herald, Gers summer signing Filip Helander won’t start the tie as he continues to integrate into Steven Gerrard’s squad following a move from Bologna.

The 26-year-old defender is yet to make his debut for Rangers, but could make the bench on Thursday evening in Denmark.

Gers goalkeeper Allan McGregor is back in contention though, after the veteran completed a two-game suspension by sitting out their Scottish Premiership season opener on Sunday.

Connor Goldson’s 90th minute strike ensured that Rangers kicked their campaign off with a victory, as they saw off Kilmarnock 2-1 in a dramatic clash at Rugby Park.

So far in the Europa League, Gerrard’s men are yet to be tested having started their qualifying campaign with a 10-0 aggregate triumph over St Joseph’s in the opening round.

Rangers then met Progres Niederkorn, as they picked up a 2-0 win in the home leg before seeing out the tie with a 0-0 draw in Luxembourg.

Thursday’s opponents enter the competition at this stage, however they have already kick started the Danish season with four straight wins, scoring five goals and conceding just once.

If Rangers are serious about their chances of qualifying for the Europa League this season, they will need to come away from Denmark with a positive result that they can build on when the tie comes to a conclusion at Ibrox.


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