Tomorrow night represents a major opportunity for Rangers, the biggest the club have had in years. Knockout European football awaits.
The equation? Simple. No confusing permutations or goal difference calculations need to feature.
Take all three points from the clash against Rapid Vienna and they’re there.
While it may sound straight, a recent downturn in form complicates matters. Add to that, this is an away fixture, in a stadium well renowned for it’s raucous atmosphere.
Rapid there for the taking
However, their opponents aren’t exactly flying high. In fact, they would take Rangers’ position in the domestic table in a heartbeat. Rapid may be challenging in Europe, but in Austria, they have struggled both for goals and points.
If Rangers get the performance right, progression is there for the taking.
The Teddy Bears wont be short of support on the night either, with 12,000 fans said to be making the trip to Austria.
Even this afternoon, as the squad arrived at Glasgow International Airport, good luck messages poured in.
TO THE BAKU 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧
— daniel (@danRFC1872) December 12, 2018
Good luck guys #WeAreOnOurWay
— Robert T Bruce🏴 (@RobertTBruce5) December 12, 2018
The manager and the players looked in a relaxed mood a day out from the big clash, and posed for photos with delighted supporters.
That’s me completed life pic.twitter.com/jRCzwhsJQm
— Disco (@MannStu) December 12, 2018
That's my son with Tav, made his day, good luck tomorrow🔴⚪🔵
— craigw55🏴🇬🇧 (@craigw1975) December 12, 2018
Finally, some even ventured to suggest that the relaxed body language of the squad, constituted a positive indicator for tomorrow’s result.
Looks confident or am I just being optimistic.
— Hugh Menzies (@hughm01) December 12, 2018
After two poor performances, it’s good to see the Gers have collected themselves and moved on. A win tomorrow evening would be an historic triumph and a great indicator of the progression made under Steven Gerrard.
Rangers fell at the first stage of qualifying under Caixinha. A little more than a year later, knockout European nights at Ibrox beckon once more.