Potential permutations for Rangers ahead of final Europa League group game
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Potential permutations for Rangers ahead of Young Boys clash

Rangers secured a point in Rotterdam on Thursday evening courtesy of a brace from their record-breaking centre-forward, Alfredo Morelos.

Having been dominated for the first 45 minutes, it’s certainly a result the Gers will take, even though El Bufalo‘s second had briefly handed them the lead.

Morelos celebrates one of his two second-half goals at De Kuip. (Photo by Soccrates/Getty Images)

Crucially, although a point wasn’t enough for progression because Porto came from behind to win in Switzerland, it does leave the Gers very much in control of their own fate.


What Rangers require ahead of Young Boys clash

Rangers currently lead Group G with eight points [BBC Sport]. Porto and Young Boys are one back with seven, while Feyenoord are a couple back on five.

As the Gers sit on top heading into the final game, a victory over Young Boys at Ibrox will see them progress as group winners.

A draw would also guarantee that the Gers progress. What’s more, should Porto fail to beat Feyenoord, a point would still be enough to see Steven Gerrard’s side top the group.

Gerrard is looking to go a step further in Europe by getting out of the group. (Photo by ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

Finally, if worst comes to worst and Rangers lose to the Swiss champions, they could still go through as runners-up. However, that is entirely dependant on Porto’s result.

If Feyenoord win in Portugal, they would finish level on points with Rangers, but the Gers would progress courtesy of a better head-to-head record. Likewise, if that game ends in a draw, Porto and Rangers would both finish on eight points, but the Gers would go through, as once again, they have a better head-to-head record.

The one permutation that sees the Gers go out, is if they lose to Young Boys and Porto defeat Feyenoord.

In sum, then: A win or a draw will definitely see Rangers through in one way or another, while if the other result goes their way, defeat wouldn’t necessarily see them crash out.

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