Last season’s Europa League finalists, Rangers, would have been hoping to end their hiatus from Europe’s premier knockout tournament by beating Eintracht Frankfurt at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville, but they came up short in the Andalusian showpiece. Giovanni van Bronckhorst now faces the prospect of restoring the Glaswegian club to the Champions League for the first time since 2009 through the qualifiers.
Union Saint-Gilloise are relative European greenhorns having finished second in last season’s Belgium champions play-off and reaching the Champions League qualifiers for the first time in their history as a result. Rangers will fancy their chances of progressing to the next phase, given their history in continental football, but Union Saint-Gilloise have continued to stun spectators in Belgium, and will certainly be hoping that that form translates to Europe next week.
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Giovanni van Bronckhorst got off to a winning start in the Scottish Premiership at the weekend, beating Livingston 2-1 as a wave of his new recruits produced the goods in their domestic curtain-raiser. However, it was familiar faces Scott Arfield and James Tavernier who rescued them from going a goal down.
Tom Lawrence, signed from Derby County in the summer, made his official Rangers bow, but he was unable to make a tangible impression on the scoreline. No doubt eager to impress his new club, the 28-year-old will be eyeing up this showdown to show Gers fans what he’s truly capable of.
A penchant for a long-ranged strike, Lawrence attempted more shots from outside the box in the Championship last season than any other player (55). He has also scored the second-most goals via this route in the second tier since 2017/18 (14), so Rangers fans can certainly expect the summer signing to be unleashing from afar at any given opportunity.
Union Saint-Gilloise vs Rangers: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Union Saint-Gilloise 1-2 Rangers
7:45 pm Tuesday August 02
Union Saint-Gilloise 1-2 RangersChampions League Qualifier