Steven Gerrard’s Rangers will find out who they will face in the first round of Europa League qualifying on Wednesday afternoon – and their list of potential opponents was shortened after UEFA announced the draw groupings.
Rangers could meet Luxembourg’s Progres Niederkorn, Siroki Brijeg of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia’s Shkupi, Stumbras of Lithuania or Slovakia’s Dunajska Streda after being drawn in group two, according to UEFA’s website.
The Light Blues entered at the same stage last season and were humiliatingly knocked out by Progres after a 2-1 aggregate defeat.
Whoever the Light Blues face, it will be Gerrard’s first competitive game in charge of the Gers with the first leg taking place on July 12th.
Football Insider verdict:
Rangers should have no problems advancing and anything else will be a massive black mark against Steven Gerrard before he even really gets started. The defeat to Progres was the beginning of the end of Pedro Caixinha 12 months ago and you’d have to imagine that a similar defeat would lead to Gerrard being under serious pressure. It shouldn’t happen though and the Ibrox giants have more than enough about them to comfortably secure passage into the next round. Recording a comfortable win at Ibrox will be key and give the Gers a fantastic chance of making it through and going some way to banishing memories of last year’s shambles in Luxembourg. Despite the defeat there last year, Progres would probably be the best draw for Rangers and avoid the difficulties that come with a trip to the likes of Macedonia or Lithuania.
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