Rangers know that there will be host of top talents on show for Lyon as they visit Ibrox but amongst the most highly-rated will be French international Houssem Aouar.
The talented midfield playmaker is only 23 and has been routinely linked with a move to the Premier League over the last few seasons, but for now remains a Lyon player.
The Lyon number 8 is a key player for the French side and is fully expected to start the match in Glasgow.
Aouar has made a name for himself as a controlling influence in the Lyon midfield, an intelligent player who takes the ball in tight spaces and controls the tempo of matches.
His in-game intelligence and consistency have not only seen the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur perennially linked, but Aouar is also tipped to break into a French national team midfield containing the likes of Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot and N’Golo Kante.
Once valued at £53m by Lyon [Mirror], it’s that excessive transfer valuation which has turned the North London clubs off a move.
But whilst some reports have suggested Lyon may drop this to £25m [Metro], both clubs opted against a transfer this summer and that means that Rangers face one of the brightest young midfield talents in Ligue 1 this evening.
The player himself is very well-known to the Ibrox club’s coaching department and first-team coach Michael Beale has previously spoken about his eagerness to see the Rangers side tested against the likes of Aouar.
“I’m really looking forward to our players competing against Houssem Aouar, Lucas Pacqueta and Bruno Guimaraes with Lyon this season,” wrote Beale in a blog ahead of the club’s 50th game in Europe under the management team.
“They are arguably the most talented squad we have faced in Europe so far and have a squad full of top young players like those mentioned above who have the potential to arrive in the Premier League in the future.
“Houssem Aouar is a player that I love to watch and I believe he is a fantastic talent.
“At 22, he has a huge future and for young players, he is a great example of close control, the ability to twist/turn away from pressure and to change the speed of the game when needed.”
The French international promises to be one of the key players to keep an eye on at Ibrox and exemplifies the depth of talent Lyon are bringing to Glasgow.
But whilst Aouar will be available for the match, a remarkable £76.5m worth of talent is set to be missing for Lyon ahead of the Europa League opener.