Academy coach Peter Lovenkrands has previewed Rangers’ upcoming Europa League tie against FC Midtjylland on the Official Rangers Podcast.
Having defeated Progres Niederkorn 2-0 on aggregate in the second qualifying round, Gerrard’s men are straight back into action on Thursday evening.
This time the away leg comes first, so the Gers are jetting off to Denmark in search of away goals.
Rangers coach Peter Lovenkrands warns senior stars tough test is ahead
The Ibrox cult hero was capped 22 times as a Danish international. He naturally possesses a strong knowledge of the domestic game there, and admits he’s also been in contact with the current assistant coach of the national team, to find out how Midtjylland are shaping up so far this season.
“They are a very good side”, warned Lovenkrands on the Official Rangers Podcast. “They’ve been fighting for the last five, six, seven years with FC Copenhagen to be the top team.”
“They won the league two years ago, they’re a really established team big team in Denmark now. I think they, Brondby and FC Copenhagen are the three dominant teams.”
Yet, while he expects it to be a real step up in the quality of opposition, the 39-year-old still thinks the Gers will record an aggregate victory.
“In my opinion, Rangers will have too much for them. I just hope they go and get the result we need, especially away from home.”
If anyone thought the Gers would breeze into the Europa League group stages, this should serve as a wakeup call.
Things really go up a notch this week, as it’s no longer minnows, but established sides with European pedigree. After all, Midtjylland defeated Manchester United at home in a last 32 encounter back in 2015.
Let’s hope the players are well prepared, rise to the occasion, and send the club one step closer to the competition proper.