As Rangers travel to Sparta Prague, the Ibrox club are boosted by the news that Lukas Julis – who humiliated Celtic last season – is set to miss the clash.
The powerful Czech forward is ordinarily the main man up top for the Prague club and Julis was revered by Rangers fans last season for his exploits against their Old Firm rivals.
With Celtic capitulating, the striker netted five goals in two games against the Parkhead side, including an infamous hattrick in a 4-1 thrashing in Glasgow.
But whilst Julis has let loose on the green side of the city, the 26-year-old forward looks set to miss out against the blue due to a troublesome groin injury.
Lukas Julis has played only three times this season for Sparta Prague and hasn’t been seen since the end of July due to the issue.
The player has missed a lot of football and wasn’t involved once again as Sparta warmed up for the clash with Rangers via a thumping 5-2 victory over Zlin.
Sparta Prague turn to Czech international to replace Lukas Julis
In the absence of Lukas Julis, Sparta Prague have tended to turn to Czech Republic international striker Adam Hlozek.
The 10-times capped forward might not be as explosive or powerful as Julis but in the absence of the forward he has done a stable job for the 3rd place Czech First League side.
Hlozek has three goals so far for Sparta this season and was the preferred forward in the club’s 0-0 draw with Danish Champions Brondby in their Europa League Group A opener.
Another option for Sparta is Vaclav Drchal, a once highly-rated forward who has returned to the fray at Sparta recently following a cruciate ligament injury.
The 22-year-old striker has started the Czech club’s last two league matches and scored Sparta’s goal in the 1-1 draw with Jablonec.
But Lukas Julis is very unlikely to be involved and the big striker’s injury means that for now, he’ll do little to harm his cult status amongst the Ibrox club’s support for downing Celtic.
Read more about the Sparta Prague thrashing of Zlin as they warmed up to face Rangers in the Czech Republic this week.