Legendary World Cup winner in bold Rangers Euro tip after Ibrox trip
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Legendary World Cup winner in bold Rangers Europa League claim

Barcelona manager Xavi has visited Rangers as a player but won’t get the chance to travel to Ibrox as a manager in this season’s Europa League.

Tournament favourites Barca are in the other route to the final in Sevilla and kick off their quarter final tie this week away to Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Should they navigate this potentially tricky tie – Barca a team and club reborn under Xavi, their former midfield maestro – then a clash with either West Ham or Lyon awaits.

Rangers’ route to the final begins with a trip to Braga, with the winner of this two-legged affair to face off against either Italians Atalanta or Germans RB Leipzig.

Barcelona boss Xavi refuses to write Rangers off

The Ibrox side may already be punching above their financial weight in the competition but for Barcelona legend Xavi, the Gers cannot be underestimated.

Speaking ahead of this week’s European fixtures, Xavi talked up the Glasgow atmosphere and believes Rangers will be a tough match for anyone.

The World Cup winning former Spain midfielder is one of the greatest midfielders of his generation and played against Rangers in the Champions League in 2007, with the likes of Messi, Henry and Iniesta drawing 0-0 at Ibrox.

“People will say Barcelona are favourites because of history and they are used to seeing us play in the Champions League – but this is not the Champions League,” said Xavi [Daily Record].

“We are contenders, we have a big chance, but I will not sit here and say we are favourites.

“The quarter-finals are very strong and at this stage everybody involved will feel they have a chance to win.

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“As somebody who has played in Glasgow, nobody is going to get an easy time against Rangers. But it is a competition we are taking seriously and want to win.”

Rangers must first overcome a tricky tie with Braga before they can start dreaming of finals with the Gers having dumped the Portuguese side 4-2 on aggregate back in season 19/20.

Meanwhile, the SPFL could be set to answer Rangers’ wishes as a date is set for a meeting of Scottish clubs.

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