Celtic flop Jack Hendry has pinpointed where Rangers can exploit Europa League rivals Royal Antwerp on Thursday night and admits the Belgians haven’t “been as strong” defensively this season.
The Gers head to Belgium for the first leg this week before the return at Ibrox seven days later and Hendry picked out the right side of defence as a weak spot, especially if Antwerp look to try and play out from the back.
Hendry is currently on loan at KV Oostende and has come up against Antwerp drawing 1-1 in November before travelling to the Bosuilstadion where they recorded a famous 2-1 win last month.
“If Antwerp were to try and play out, especially right of the middle, then that is where Rangers can capitalise,” Hendry said [Daily Record]
“Maybe at times, they haven’t been as strong defensively. Normally they have been quite tight but they haven’t been as strong this season.
“Rangers can get joy going at them and especially on the right side of their defence.”
Despite there being weaknesses in defence, Hendry did insist the Belgians have good wing backs, particularly down the right.
“They have good wing backs, Jordan Lukaku plays full-back. He is the brother of Romelu. He is quite physical and has a lot of power with a decent left-foot,” he added.
“Aurelia Bulia is the right-back. He has just come back from Covid but he is quick and will be a threat down Rangers’ left.”
The Belgians finished a point behind Tottenham in the group stage and will be playing in Europe after Christmas for the first time since the 1993 Cup Winners’ Cup final, losing 1-0 to Parma at Wembley.
Rangers will be hopeful they can get a solid result in Belgium to bring back to Scotland and take the Light Blues a step closer to the last 16.
Two Rangers players are on the brink of a Europa League suspension against Antwerp