By Alan Hutton

16th Mar, 2021 | 12:25pm

Hutton: Rangers handed big boost v Slavia Prague as bold player claim shot down

Rangers have the advantage over Slavia Prague after having a week to prepare for Thursday’s Europa League second leg.

That is the view of former Gers defender Alan Hutton who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, shot down the noises coming out of the Czech side’s camp.

As quoted by the Daily Record, Slavia star Nicolae Stanciu boldly claimed Rangers were at a disadvantage ahead of Thursday’s game after not playing over the weekend.

The first leg finished 1-1 in Prague after Filip Helander’s goal levelled the scores.

While Rangers have had a week to prepare for the second leg, Slavia remained unbeaten in the league with a 3-0 win over Mlada Boleslav on Sunday.

However, Hutton has shot down Stanciu’s claim and suggested a week off would only help Gerrard and his men prepare.

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Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I read that about Slavia Prague saying that. I don’t agree with that.

“We’re talking about a week until the next game, that’s normal. In a normal season, especially in the Premiership, you play Saturday to Saturday so I don’t see that as being a hinderance.

“It gives them a chance to get their heads down, work hard, the celebrations and stuff is out the picture. They can focus totally on this and they’ve had a good week to train and rest players.

“These guys have played a lot of football over the course of the season. Now they can work solely on a game plan for this game.

“It’s not like they had an SPFL game in between that they had to concentrate on. It’s solely about this last-16 tie, which I think will help them.

“Slavia Prague were a very good, obviously, they knew that. It gives them a chance, a week, to just solely work on what they’re going to do in that game.”

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