Rangers sit on the verge of the Europa League knockouts and should they defeat Sparta Prague by two clears goals and earn their place, Dortmund star Erling Braut Haaland could soon be visiting Ibrox.
A potential glamour tie – and subsequent legendary away day – with the likes of Borussia Dortmund awaits should Rangers make the knockouts after the latest round of European fixtures.
That’s after the Bundesliga giants were resigned to third place in their Champions League group following a 3-1 defeat to surprise package Sporting Lisbon.
With Rangers vying for a second-place spot in the competition’s knockout rounds a top tier Champions League side may well await with Dortmund set to be in the draw.
This means the likes of Norwegian force Erling Braut Haaland – who’s recently been valued at £150m – is a potential opponent if Rangers can secure a knockout round spot.
Haaland, 21, hasn’t played for Dortmund since mid-October due to a hip issue and likely won’t return until the start of next year – just in time for the Europa League restarting.
Not only that, but should Rangers get to the knockout round and draw Dortmund then it’d be quite the reunion for Giovanni Reyna, who is named after two former Ibrox stars, including manager Gio.
Dortmund and Erling Braut Haaland not the only big names Rangers could meet after Christmas
With many groups still undecided in the Champions League after matchday 5, it’s not just Dortmund Rangers could face in the next round.
Moldovan Champions Sheriff and Russian champions Zenit will drop down to the Europa League, whilst the likes of Barcelona, Atletico, Benfica and AC Milan are all teetering.
It gives an extra incentive to the Rangers side to qualify for the next round and whilst progress in the tournament might not be a priority this season, the chance to test themselves against Europe’s elite ahead of the next campaign certainly wouldn’t be a bad thing.
The victors of this season’s Scottish Premiership will likely gain entry to the Champions League competition’s Group Stages and that means domestic duties are – above all else – paramount this season.
Here’s how we’re tipping the Rangers side to line-up against Sparta Prague as van Bronckhorst looks to kickstart his Ibrox managerial career with victory.