Rangers’ Europa League rivals Braga warmed up for the Europa League clash at Ibrox with a 1-0 win against Vizela in the Primeira Liga – despite playing a full half with 10 men.
The Portuguese outfit lead 1-0 following the first leg on home soil but will have to travel to a raucous Ibrox as they vie for a place in the competition’s semi-finals.
Rangers have previous against Braga and will be hoping the home crowd can cheer them on to victory as they look to reach this stage of the Europa League for the first time since 2008.
Braga made two changes for the clash with Vizela as striker Abel Ruiz – the man who scored against Rangers – and defender Fabiano dropped to the bench.
Ricardo Horta – the Braga talisman who has been somewhat dubiously linked to the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal – was also central to what would eventually be the only goal of the game.
Sending the impressive Iuri Medeiros through on goal with a back heel, the Braga winger would finish the move by curling the ball home into the top-left corner.
But before the referee could blow for half-time stand-in striker Vitinha was shown a straight red card for an unconventional moment in the match.
10-man Braga win in Portugal ahead of Rangers Europa League clash
The forward kicked an opponent in the face attempting a bicycle kick and from there the Portuguese outfit had to play the game with 10 men.
However, they managed to hold for an impressive fourth straight victory and Braga will come to Glasgow and Rangers on strong form ahead of the hotly anticipated Europa League clash.
Rangers warmed up for the Europa League clash with an impressive win of their own as St Mirren were dispatched 4-0 in Paisley.
Striker Kemar Roofe netted a hattrick and Joe Aribo a worldie as the Ibrox side returned to scoring form just in time for what could be a season-defining match this week.
Meanwhile, Rangers fans could have their hearts broken by a claim that a key player is interesting clubs to the tune of £13m.