Rangers v Red Star previous meetings ahead of Ibrox Europa League clash
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Rangers v Red Star previous meetings ahead of Ibrox Europa League clash

Rangers are back in Europa League action on Thursday night when they host Red Star Belgrade in the last 16 – and the Light Blues will be hoping they can continue their positive record against the Serbian giants.

The pair hae met three times before in European competition, the most recent coming in 2007 as Rangers reached the UEFA Cup final that season in Manchester.

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Gio van Bronckhorst’s side have reached the last 16 of the Europa League in each of the last three seasons and progressing to the quarter-finals would be a big morale boost going into the final weeks of the Scottish Premiership season.

Here’s how the previous three meetings of the sides went ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash:

1964/65 European Cup

Rangers won 3-1 in a replay in London after the sides couldn’t be separated after two legs in September 1964.

A 3-1 win at Ibrox thanks to a Brand double and a strike from Forrest had the Light Blues ahead going into the second leg in Belgrade but a 4-2 win for the hosts saw the game tied on aggregate 5-5.

Two months later, Arsenal’s Highbury was the venue for a winner-takes-all clash, with Rangers winning 3-1 in London and securing progression to the first round proper.

1990/91 European Cup

A quarter of a century passed before the sides would beet again, but this time it was Red Star who would progress after a 3-0 win in the first leg in Belgrade handed them the advantage.

Ally McCoist’s goal at Ibrox in the second leg rescued a 1-1 draw but it wouldn’t be enough as Red Star went through and would go on to lift the trophy that season.

2007/08 Champions League

Before Rangers made it to the 2008 UEFA Cup final, they started in the Champions League and Red Star were the Gers’ second opponents in qualifying.

A 1-0 win in Glasgow thanks to a 90th minute strike from Nacho Novo saw Rangers travel to Belgrade knowing a draw would see them through. 90 goalless minutes secured the Gers’ spot in the Champions League group stage and started a European run that will live long in the memory.

In other news, former Rangers star Gordan Petric has had his say about the Ibrox side’s last 16 Europa League opponents.

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