Rangers kick off their Europa League group stage campaign against Lyon on Thursday night and the Ligue 1 side’s boss is looking forward to bringing his side to Ibrox for a ‘special’ European night in Glasgow in front of 50000 fans.
Peter Bosz, who is no stranger to Ibrox having managed Bayer Leverkusen last year, saw his side beat Strasbourg 3-1 last night as they rounded off their preparations before travelling to Scotland for the Group A clash.
The Dutchman told UEFA.com that Euro nights are a ‘little more special’ as he looked ahead to Thursday’s tie, saying: “I think we are all looking forward to seeing the fans come back to the stadium. In my experience, European nights always have an added dimension.
“We’re all used to playing in a full stadium, but these European nights are always a little more special.”
The clubs have been drawn together once previously, each winning 3-0 away in the 2007/08 ChampionsLeague group stage. Lyon qualified for the last 16 for the fifth successive season with their Matchday 6 victory at Ibrox, finishing second in Group E behind Barcelona, while third-placed Rangers moved into the UEFA Cup, where they went on to reach the final – our first in Europe for 36 years.
The French side finished fourth in Ligue 1 last season and currently sit seventh with two wins and two draws from their opening five games but their record away from home in the Europa League group stage is pretty decent.
Atalanta are the only side to inflict defeat on OL in nine away games in the Europa League – however, only four of those nine games have ended with Lyon returning to France with all three points.
Despite being regulars in Europe, Lyon didn’t play any continental football last season but their fourth-placed finish in Ligue 1 in 2020/21 secured them automatic qualification for the group stage.