Rangers are set to host Napoli in a Champions League showdown at Ibrox on Wednesday evening (8pm, UK time).
Originally set to take place on Tuesday, this match was pushed back 24 hours to allow better policing due to the national mourning of Queen Elizabeth II. Rangers have confirmed that no away supporters will be present at the match.
This is the first-ever competitive meeting between Rangers and Napoli in any competition. Rangers last faced an Italian side in European competition back in the 2007/08 Uefa Cup semi-final against Fiorentina: after a 0-0 draw on aggregate, the Gers won 4-2 on penalties to reach the final. Napoli have only faced a Scottish side in European competition once before, losing 4-6 on aggregate to Hibernian in the Fairs Cup in November 1967. They lost 5-0 in the away game in Edinburgh after winning the first leg 4-1.
How to live stream Rangers vs Napoli online:
Where to watch Rangers vs Napoli on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 3
- US: Paramount+
Rangers team news
After suffering a humbling loss in Amsterdam, which came days after being humiliated by Old Firm rivals Celtic, there’s an onus to get back to basics at Rangers with head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst — who is only missing injured duo Nnamdi Ofoborh and Ianis Hagi — certain to reshuffle his deck.
Ryan Jack and Rabbi Matondo are hoping to start while there are question marks over last season’s top scorer Alfredo Morelos’ involvement. A better performance is expected. Rangers managed just four shots in their 4-0 defeat to Ajax, the fewest of any side in the opening round of Champions League matches this season. Half of those efforts came via Ryan Kent.
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Napoli team news
Only two players are missing for Luciano Spalletti when he takes his Napoli side to Scotland’s largest city. Diego Demme and Victor Osimhen remain at home through respective injuries. Given their incredible 4-1 win over Liverpool last time out, there’s a thought of not fixing what’s not broken. Piotr Zielinski, who was directly involved in three of Napoli’s four goals against Liverpool (two goals and one assist), should be there from kick-off. Khvicha Kvaratskhelia who led the way for attempted take-ons (8), completed take-ons (4), chances created (3) and touches in the opposition box (7) for Napoli, while also assisting their third goal scored by Giovanni Simeone, is another expected to be in Spalletti’s lineup.
Scoreline prediction: Rangers 1-3 Napoli
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