Rangers’ Europa League rivals Sparta Prague warmed up for their clash with the Gers with an emphatic 5-2 victory in the Czech First League.
Pavel Vrba’s side dismantled Czech rivals Zlín in the free-scoring seven-goal clash with the side now 3rd in the Czech top tier.
Sparta currently sit behind Viktoria Plzen (1st) and familiar Rangers foes Slavia Prague (2nd) and the win puts an end to two domestic league games without a win with the victory.
Sparta Prague warm up for Rangers with emphatic victory
The emphatic nature of the victory would’ve been pleasing to Vrba ahead of Rangers’ visit with the Czech manager sure to be aware his side will be in for a game this coming Thursday.
Five different scorers for the Czech outfit made for an impressive outing where Ondrej Celustka had given Sparta an early lead.
However, four minutes before halftime Zlin levelled through Dominik Simersky before Filip Panak had Prague in front just before the break.
Jakub Pesek and a Dominik Simersky own goal had Sparta 4-1 up, before Tomas Poznar pulled one back for Zlín and Martin Minchev put some gloss on the win.
Three points were all that were important for Championship chasing Sparta but their manager would’ve been happy with the amount of goals scored in the match.
Both teams prepare for Europa League matchday two with victory
Rangers in contrast warmed up for the victory with an unconvincing 1-0 league win over Dundee as they prepare to head out to the Czech Republic for game two of the Europa League Group Stages.
Rangers kicked their group off with a 2-0 defeat to Ligue 1 Lyon whilst Sparta Prague played out a 0-0 draw with Danish Champions Brondby.
This is a pivotal game in the group and Rangers fans will be determined to leave the Czech capital with a positive result this week.
The Ibrox side’s job has been made somewhat easier by a fan lock-out due to an incidence of racist abuse from Sparta Prague fans.
However, free entry will be granted to some supporters in a strange turn of events confirmed by Sparta Prague last week.