There has been one Malmo FF saving grace for Rangers on a weekend when their 40-game Scottish Premiership unbeaten run came to an end.

The Ibrox side are set to welcome the Swedish Champions to a full Ibrox on Tuesday as they look to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg.

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Rangers stumbled to a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Dundee United this afternoon but the Malmo result is a small saving grace. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Steven Davis’ late strike has handed the Bears much hope going into the clash as the squad looks to make the Champions League group stages for the first time in 11 years.

But the Gers are not going into the match on good form having just lost 1-0 to Scottish Premiership rivals Dundee United.


Steven Gerrard’s charges looked decidedly passive as they let the game pass them by before Dundee United nicked the winner in the second half.

It has got to get better fast – qualification for the Champions League group stages could be worth up to £40m for the Gers.

But whilst Rangers were toiling at Tannadice, Malmo were also slipping up in Sweden to potentially lose ground in their own title race.

Malmo are currently level at the top of the Allsvenskan but after they drew 0-0 with mid-table Halmstad, Djurgårdens now have the chance to go three points clear against AIK tomorrow.

Malmo’s lacklustre showing in the bore draw was however supplemented by a raft of changes, rotating seven players ahead of the Ibrox clash.

The tie is wide open going into the second leg and Malmo FF will promise to be tough opposition for the Ibrox side.

But the Gers will be hoping the Ibrox crowd can make the difference with either Olympiakos or Ludogorets lying in wait in the Playoff round.

Malmo have also made a new signing this week to bolster their Champions League charge – but there’s a catch when it comes to Rangers.

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