Rangers could hold a key second leg advantage ahead of the Europa League last 16 tie against Red Star Belgrade, as the Serbian side have five players who are at risk of a suspension if they get cautioned on Thursday evening.
With the Ibrox side also having ban fears, as John Lundstram, Alfredo Morelos, and Fashion Sakala are all just one booking away from missing the away tie, the onus is on the players to keep their cool and avoid any unnecessary tackles.
Aleksandar Katai, Mirko Ivanic, Nenad Krsticic, Slavoljub Srnic, and Milan Pavkov are the players that Rangers should be focussing on during the match to try and draw easy fouls and hopefully the Ibrox atmosphere play a big part in the player’s mentalities.
Five Red Star Belgrade players face Europa League suspension threat ahead of Rangers tie
Katai and Ivanic are arguably the two opposition players that pose the biggest threat. Katai has scored a remarkable 23 goals in just 33 matches in all competitions this season, from the left-wing. Whilst Ivanic has netted 15 times from midfield, with four coming in European competition.
Although these are the main two that the Ibrox side could target, Krsticic and Srnic would be big losses for the Serbs in the second leg, as well as target man Pavkov, who has netted 11 times this season and could cause the Gers backline plenty of problems.
The second leg would be a much easier tie if Red Star were missing even a few of these players, but Giovanni van Bronckhorst doesn’t want to risk losing any of his own team ahead of the crucial tie.
It would be an even tougher match if the likes of Morelos or Lundstram were suspended as we require everyone available due to the hectic volume of fixtures coming up.
Any win will do at Ibrox as the mouth-watering tie is nearly upon us.