Rangers get their Europa League group stage campaign underway on Thursday night when they welcome Lyon to Ibrox and former Gers star Kevin Thomson is confident the Gers can make their mark in Europa again this season.

The champions have been drawn with Lyon, Brondby and Sparta Prague in the Europa League groups, and Thomson was involved last time Rangers faced Lyon competitively, winning 3-0 in France before losing by the same scoreline at Ibrox in the Champions League 14 years ago.


Thomson in action for Rangers (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Now manager of Kelty Hearts, Thomson is certain Steven Gerrard’s squad will want to “do the business” and continue their fine results in Europe in recent seasons under Gerrard in the revamped Europa League.

“You are playing for a club that is rich in history and success and the fans demand that so the team have to put on a good performance,” Thomson said [Glasgow Times].

“It is a great group, the games could easily be Champions League fixtures. The boys, the club and the fans will want to try and progress as far as they possibly can, regardless of who they are drawn against.

“Listen, everybody will be disappointed because everybody wanted to get into the Champions League and to fall at that hurdle was obviously tough to take.

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“But they now have an opportunity, on a massive stage, to go and showcase the talent that the squad have got.

“I know what the manager is like, no matter who they play against he will put out a team that will compete and that wants to be successful for the club.

“You need to get behind them and hopefully the boys can go and showcase themselves well.

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Lyon will be without Lucas Paqueta at Ibrox (Photo by Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

“Like I always say, when you play for Rangers, no matter what group you are in or team you are in or what competition you are in, people expect you to do the business and go as far as you can. I am sure that will be the mindset of the group.”

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