A card-happy referee will take charge of Rangers’ crunch Europa League Group A fixture against Brondby in Denmark on Thursday.

Rangers defeated the Danish champions 2-0 at Ibrox a fortnight ago and will be full of confidence after an emphatic 6-1 win over Motherwell in the Premiership on Sunday.

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Fashion Sakala netted a fine hat-trick for Rangers against the Steelmen. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, Brondby have regrouped somewhat since their defeat in Glasgow, winning three matches in a row.

While they’re set to be without one key player, another is likely to return from injury against the Gers.

The man in charge of the match will be Montenegrin referee Nikola Dabanovic [UEFA].

The 39-year-old, who works as an account manager outside of football, has refereed ten matches so far this season across all competitions.

He’s handed out a whopping 55 yellow cards and one straight red but is yet to award a penalty [Transfermarkt].

In terms of European assignments, the whistler took charge of two Europa Conference League Qualifiers in August and Spartak Moscow vs Legia Warsaw in Europa League Group C in September.

Two years ago, he refereed a 1-1 draw between Rangers and Porto in Portugal.

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Nikola Dabanovic has been named as the referee for Rangers vs Brondby, two years after he took charge of Porto vs Rangers at the Estadio do Dragao. (Photo by Paulo Oliveira / DPI / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He booked six players that night and has handed out at least four yellow cards in every match this season, dishing out ten in a Montenegrin top-flight fixture in August.

Therefore, the Rangers players will have to be highly disciplined in Denmark if they are to stay out of trouble.

Glen Kamara was sent off for two bookable offences against Sparta Prague in the Gers’ most recent Europa League away match.

Meanwhile, a concerning stat has emerged that suggests Rangers have a surprise weakness.

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