Rangers opponents Malmo have 'massive' pre-game advantage - Mills

By Danny Mills

2nd Aug, 2021 | 4:00pm

Mills: Malmo have 'massive' advantage over Rangers amid confirmed news

Malmo have a “massive” advantage over Rangers because their domestic season is well underway.

That is the view of ex-England full-back Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Champions League qualifier in Sweden.

The two sides will face off in the first leg on Tuesday night before the Swedish champions travel to Ibrox next week.

Rangers learned today (2 August) that they will face Olympiacos FC or PFC Ludogorets 1945 for a place in the group stages if they beat Malmo.

Asked for his assessment of the Malmo game, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “It’s not the easiest of ties.

“Malmo have got a good pedigree in the competition in the past and will be desperate to beat Rangers. They’ll see that as a big scalp.

“You think they should go through but it’s not an easy tie. Rangers are going to have to be at it. It’s still very, very early in the season.

“Swedish teams start their season a little bit earlier, they’ve played 13 games. This is why a lot of teams go to Sweden for pre-season. Although they’re seen as inferior opposition they’re fit and strong so you’ve got to take that into consideration.

“They’re coming up for halfway through their season. They’ll have their tactics sorted, they’ve got a settled side. It’s huge, a massive difference. It’s going to be a tricky tie for Rangers.”

Malmo are currently second in Allsvenskan, one point off the top, after 13 games played.

They have already progressed through two rounds of qualifying to set up their tie with the Gers.

In other news, Kieran Maguire has predicted a “big” Rangers boost after an “amazing” Ibrox development.