The Ibrox side have been to the bottom of the Scottish professional football pyramid and worked their way back to a European Final and now they have a seat at the continent’s top table.
But after biting off a little more than they could chew in their first course against Ajax, Rangers fans will be hoping the Ibrox side can satisfy their hunger better in the second against the Italians.
Rangers were royally pumped in Amsterdam as Ajax ran out 4-0 winners in the John Cruyff Arena to make it two defeats by this margin in a row for a shellshocked Ibrox side.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst would then bleat about the financial disparity with the sweat appearing more visible on his brow with every passing, unconvincing Rangers performance.
Defiant in the pre-match, Gio insists he won’t change things up despite Rangers fans being less than enthused with what is viewed as a turgid, unexciting and – at this moment – unrewarding style of play.
Napoli too represent a formidable opponent and after beating Liverpool 4-1 in their Group A opener in Naples are riding the crest of a wave and sit atop Serie A.
Rangers fans are demanding better from their stuttering side and after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II this week, the Ibrox side had a breather between fixtures as the club’s form started to spiral.
Rangers have proven they can cut it with Europe’s best before and whilst van Bronckhorst might’ve been pessimistic with his post Ajax comments, he is right in that Napoli and co represent a level of competition on a different rung.
Here’s how we’re predicting Rangers to line up in Glasgow this evening with the fans expectant of – at the very least – a performance more befitting of the institution these players are representing, regardless of their lack of experience at this level.
Allan McGregor, Steven Davis and Scott Arfield all return to bring experience to the side, whilst Alfredo Morelos gets the nod up top.
Rangers predicted XI v Napoli in Champions League – 4-3-3
GK – Allan McGregor
DR – James Tavernier
DC – Connor Goldson
DC – James Sands
DL – Borna Barisic
CDM – Steven Davis
CM – John Lundstram
CM – Scott Arfield
RW – Malik Tillman
ST – Alfredo Morelos
LW – Ryan Kent