This Sunday afternoon, Glasgow Rangers are forced to play on another poor plastic pitch against lowly Hamilton. Three vital away points are at stake and the Ibrox club have to start winning these dangerous away games – soon.

Rangers next Thursday night Europa group stage opponents Spartak Moscow could be the most important game of all, if they are to continue their progress in the competition, and let me explain why.

Having drawn 2-2 in Villarreal followed by the excellent 3-1 Rapid Vienna home win, it has Rangers sitting on top of the group on four points from the first two games.

If the Light Blues beat the Russians at home and draw in Moscow, then Rangers would have a superb chance of moving on to more European games this season.

Sunday 28 October is vital for Rangers to knock Aberdeen out of the BetFred tournament in the Hampden semi-final round. They would then meet Hearts or Celtic in the final for silverware.

Wednesday 31 October has Kilmarnock arriving at Ibrox to defend their good record against a new, fitter and better Rangers side this season.

This is when the ‘Teddy Bears’ will have to use their 25 first team players to enable some of their first choice starters to have a rest.

Saturday 3 November has Rangers making the short journey to Paisley to meet struggling St Mirren in a 1.30pm televised afternoon SPFL tie.

The return Spartak Moscow match is on Thursday 8 November and this will be a difficult game to win, but a draw might be good enough to get through to the later stages.

Eros Grezda has appeared in the last two Albanian international games which should help him with his match fitness and he must now be close to starting a game for Rangers.

Perhaps his style of play might be best suited to the Europa group stages more than the over boisterous SPFL.


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