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This is the final hurdle both sides must overcome for the opportunity to enter the group stages of this season’s Europa League.
Rangers are the heavy favourites to progress, as they aim to bounce back from last week’s Champions League exit at the hands of Malmo.
The 2-1 defeat at Ibrox – sealing an aggregate reverse of 4-2 – was the third on the spin for Steven Gerrard, who oversaw an unbeaten domestic season in 2020-21.
Nevertheless, they have been handed another continental lifeline and arrive in the first leg of this tie off the back of a morale-boosting 5-0 rout of Dunfermline Athletic in the Scottish League Cup on Friday.
Standing in their way are reigning Armenian Premier League champions Alashkert, who are guaranteed their maiden appearance in the group stage of European competition regardless of this result.
Rangers vs Alashkert: Match Stats
There have been three or more goals in the last five matches at Ibrox involving Rangers, who have scored before half-time on each occasion.
Gerrard’s side have also opened the scoring in their last nine outings on home soil, which will stand them in very good stead against an Alashkert outfit seeking to end an eight-match winless streak.