Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst is eyeing an Ibrox Europa League shoot-out with Ajax and now the Dutch club have been handed a major boost ahead of the Champions League clash.

The Gers are without a win in their opening three Group A games but that didn’t stop Dutch coach Gio from eyeing the final game against Ajax as a potentially group-defining match.

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If Rangers can pick up a point or more in their next two games against Liverpool and Napoli – and Ajax fail to pick up any – Rangers will be able to qualify for the Europa League with victory over the Dutch champions.

But now Ajax have successfully had their fixture with Vitesse the weekend before the match with Rangers postponed allowing them extra time to prepare [Scottish Sun].

Ajax handed Rangers Champions League boost

Ajax will now have eight days off between the clash with Liverpool and the trip to Rangers on November 1st with Rangers set to visit Napoli and welcome Aberdeen before the potentially crunch clash.

It’s a situation Rangers are very familiar with having had PSV Eindhoven get the weekend off before the return leg of the Champions League Playoff earlier in the season.

PSV Eindhoven still couldn’t defeat Rangers despite having a full week off playing duties with Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side qualifying for their first Champions League campaign in 12 years.

Speaking of Ajax, the Dutch side actually invested heavily into ex-Rangers star Calvin Bassey this summer in a deal reportedly worth up to £23m [Sky Sports].

Despite impressing some, Bassey has not been without his critics in Dutch football but the Nigerian international roared back over the weekend.

Netting his first goal for Ajax, the ex-Leicester City talent was one of four scorers as Ajax ran out comfortable 4-2 winners over FC Volendam to go 2nd in the Eredivisie table.

Meanwhile, one former Rangers star is lighting up the league in his home country after a £1.5m summer move from Ibrox.

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