By Alex McLeish

3rd Aug, 2022 | 11:19am

McLeish issues 'big' Rangers Champions League claim

Rangers underestimated Union Saint-Gilloise ahead of the Champions League loss on Tuesday.

That’s according to ex-Gers boss Alex McLeish, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after his former side’s loss to the Belgian side.

Rangers lost 2-0 to USG on Tuesday (2 August), meaning they must overturn a two-goal deficit if they are to progress to the next Champions League qualifying round.

The result brought back memories of the club’s successive 2-1 losses to Malmo last season.

Those results condemned the Gers to another season of Europa League football.

McLeish claims USG may have been underestimated, leaving Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side in a “difficult” situation.

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“It is a big ask to overturn that,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Ben Wild.

“One goal, you have a wee chance. Two goals obviously makes it more difficult. They need three to get through now so it was a very disappointing loss.

“A lot of people might have thought USG would have been an easy game but that was never the case.

“I was in Belgium for a year with Genk and I had never even heard of Union, they just came from nowhere.

“They have the same owner as Brighton, Tony Bloom. The way Tony works, it’s good football, playing from the back, it happens at the club he owns, Union are similar to Brighton like that.

“2-0 is a big deficit in a European game but they have nothing to lose now. They must go full-speed ahead at Ibrox to get through.”

Rangers face Kilmarnock at Ibrox on Saturday (6 August) before the second leg of the USG tie.

That game will be played on Tuesday (9 August).

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