Ex Rangers player Thomas Buffel has warned his former club about Standard Liège star man, Mehdi Carcela, ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash, as quoted by the Daily Record.
The Gers begin their group stage campaign with a trip to Belgium to face a side who finished fifth in the Pro League last season.
After defeating Willem II and Galatasaray en route to the competition proper, Steven Gerrard’s men will be full of confidence heading into the fixture, but Les Rouches shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Former Rangers star Buffel, who won two major trophies during a three-year stint at Ibrox in the 2000s, believes the opposition’s main threat will be an attacking midfielder.
“Standard Liege’s star player is undoubtedly Carcela,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record. “If they can get him to produce his best on Thursday then he will be a real danger to Rangers.”
“Carcela is very tricky, very skilful on the ball and has a great shot.
“He can conjure up real magic and amazing moments as you will see if you watch a goal he scored against Ajax in a Champions League qualifier two years ago.”
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Carcela is yet to register a goal or an assist for Liège this season but he featured in every group game for the club last season and made ten direct goal contributions in the league.
He has some good teams on his CV, too, representing Benfica, Granada and Olympiacos between 2015 and 2018, before he returned for a third stint at his boyhood club.
The 31-year-old also boasts 22 caps at international level for Morocco, who he has represented at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Carcela isn’t firing on all cylinders yet this season but he is certainly a player the Gers coaching staff will do their homework on over the coming days.
After barely conceding an opportunity against Celtic at Parkhead on Saturday, though, Connor Goldson and co. will be confident that they can deal with whatever the Belgian side throws at them on Thursday night.