Progres Niederkorn v Rangers: Match Preview

Tonight, the second leg of our first qualifier kicks off at 6:45 pm, live on Premier Sports. After a 1-0 home win, the game is very much one where Rangers need to be switched on.

It’s a quick turnaround for this stage of the season, and Thursday night showed we have a lot of fitness and sharpness to gain yet before we’ll be at our strongest. Despite that, we should be good enough to win the game and progress in the tie.

The approach of Niederkorn will be interesting. They got some joy from sitting in and frustrating us, but they’ll need to score at least one this time around. They could attempt to keep it at 0-0 for 70 minutes then prey upon nerves, or have a go straight away. For them, either approach is a risk. Their coach has suggested it will be the former in his interview. He might be playing the “mind games” trick you’d use in Football Manager mind you!

For Rangers, I suspect we’ll be set up to be solid defensively whilst having a counter-attacking threat. The pace of players like Dalcio, Miller, and Candeias will be vital in various stages of the game, as will Kranjcar’s passing and control of the tempo. Hopefully, we’ll be able to find spaces quicker and easier this time around, because 1 goal would almost certainly kill the tie.

The predicted team below is based upon nothing more than the suggested approach above:

Foderingham

Tavernier
Bates
Cardoso
Wallace

Jack
Rossiter

Miller
Kranjcar
Dalcio

Morelos

I don’t expect Rossiter and Jack to play together very often, but for this game, it could be accommodated. It would also allow us to get Rossiter more game time. I suspect Miller will start, even with Candeias having a decent 30 minutes on Thursday. Hopefully, Kranjcar has had no reactions injury-wise to playing.

We had a closed door friendly against Raith Rovers on Saturday where Morelos scored in a 3-0 win. I think we’ll give him a start to see what he can do.

Caixinha has confirmed that either Pena or Herrera will make the bench, and rumours suggest that Pena is a few weeks away from fitness just yet. If it’s Herrera, and the game is going well, I think we’ll see him come on for the last 20 minutes or so. I would imagine Candeias will get another run-out of some sort as well.

As much as we didn’t create as many chances as we’d have liked, the game at Ibrox showed that even at half pace we’re miles better than this lot. We’ve all seen shock results and freak performances, but we should rightly be confident of scoring a couple of goals tonight and winning the tie rather easily.

What’re your thoughts on tonight? Tweet us @rangersnewsuk with opinions, or even updates on how the trip is going!