Rangers will play German giants Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League Knockout Round as the club prepare to welcome Champions League-level opposition to Ibrox.
In a tantalising clash that will also see Rangers fans travel to the 81k seater Westfalenstadion in Germany, the Gers will be preparing to test themselves against one of Europe’s top clubs.
It’s a special game for Rangers in what will be their 150th anniversary year and whilst Dortmund will certainly be the favourites, the Gers players have every right to be excited about the clash.
When will Rangers v Dortmund Europa League Knockout Round Playoffs take place?
The two-legged Knockout Round Playoff between Rangers and Dortmund is set to take place in February 2022 with the Germany leg on 17th February and the Ibrox return on the 24th February.
In a revamped Europa League competition, the eight runners up from the group stage (of which Rangers are one) face the teams who finished 3rd in the Champions League group stages.
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The group winners from the Europa League group stages are given a bye into the last 16 and will have one eye on who progresses from the playoff round.
Round of 16 fixtures will be drawn on the 25th February 2022 – the day after the Playoff Round ties are completed.
Have Rangers ever faced Dortmund before?
Rangers have faced off against Borussia Dortmund no fewer than eight times in their history.
The last time Rangers played against Dortmund in European competition, none other than Giovanni van Bronckhorst was involved in the tie.
The two clubs last played each other in the UEFA Cup last 16 of 1999/2000, with van Bronckhorst starting the famous 2-0 win at Ibrox with goals from Jurgen Kohler (OG) and Rod Wallace.
Painfully, Dortmund would win the return in Germany 2-0 and beat Rangers on penalties with Giovanni van Bronckhorst amongst three players who missed from the spot.
The inspired Jens Lehmann was the difference maker on the night and even had a hand in the last minute Fredi Bobic equaliser.
These matches aren’t the only times the two clubs have met with Rangers and Dortmund having a storied history in European football.
In 1995/96 the two played each other in the Champions League group stages, with both matches at Ibrox and the Westfalenstadion ending 2-2.
Heiko Herrlich opened the scoring at Ibrox before Richard Gough equalised, Martin Kree had Dortmund back in front and Ian Ferguson scored the final goal of the match.
Paul Gascoigne saw red in the return in Dortmund after Brian Laudrup had put Rangers ahead early on in Germany.
Andreas Moller and Karl Heinz Riddle turned the game on its head and Gordon Durie equalised for the Gers.
Future Rangers star Stefan Klos was between the sticks for Borussia Dortmund in both matches.
Rangers also famously defeated Dortmund 2-0 over two legs in the 1982/83 UEFA Cup – the Ibrox club’s debut in the competition.
The Gers held Dortmund to a 0-0 draw in the Westfalenstadion before defeating the Germans 2-0 at Ibrox courtesy of goals from Davie Cooper and Derek Johnstone.
It’s not the first time Rangers have beaten Dortmund either, with the Ibrox side earning a 2-1 1966/67 Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-final victory over the Germans across two legs.
Once again earning a goalless draw in Germany, the Ibrox side beat Dortmund 2-1 at Ibrox courtesy of goals from Kai Johansen and Alex Smith en route to the competition’s Final.
Rangers would be defeated 1-0 by Bayern Munich after extra time in the Final.
All in all, Rangers’ record against Dortmund is three wins, one defeat and four draws in eight games.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst links don’t end with Rangers v Dortmund clash
Borussia Dortmund are obviously a side swelling with talent and Rangers fans can look forward to welcoming some major players to Ibrox.
Erling Braut Haaland is the obvious name who’ll be visiting but there are other players such as Marco Reus, Jude Bellingham and Donyell Malen who’ll be travelling to Glasgow.
But there is also one Rangers-linked wonderkid who currently turns out for BVB and who has ties to Gers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst and ex-Gers star Claudio Reyna.
Giovanni Reyna is the son of ex-USA international Claudio and is named after Giovanni van Bronckhorst, the two players forming a friendship at Ibrox with Rangers.
Once linked to Man City to the tune of £100m, Rangers will be hoping it’s an unhappy reunion for Gio and his talented namesake.
Meanwhile, one Rangers star is looking to end his hiatus from his national side ahead of the upcoming World Cup.