Former Rangers target Vaclav Hladky has opened up on his experiences of playing at “absolutely unreal” Ibrox for St. Mirren – and thinks having no fans will be a “great advantage” for Slavia Prague in the Europa League.
The two sides meet next month for a place in the quarter-finals and the Czech shot-stopper is looking forward to seeing Slavia and Rangers go head-to-head.
Slavia knocked out Leicester City in the last round but Hladky “would not dare” predict a winner of the last sixteen tie with the two team “balanced and equal.”
“I had the honour of playing at Ibrox twice with St Mirren and it was absolutely unreal,” Hladky said [Scottish Sun].
“I think it will definitely be a great advantage for Slavia to play in front of empty stands.
“Rangers’ stadium has a capacity of 50,000, which is two and a half times larger than Slavia’s Sinobo Stadium.
“But of course, they won’t have their fans inside the ground.
“As for Slavia’s chances, Rangers showed an amazing display of attacking football in the last round, because the aggregate score against Royal Antwerp was 9-5.
“So the tie is certainly something to look forward to and I am convinced we will see a lot of goals in both legs.
“At the moment I would not dare to predict a winner, but I do think both games will be very balanced and equal.”
The first leg takes place on March 11th in Prague with the return in Glasgow seven days later as Rangers look to gone step further than last season.
After beating Leicester, it’s clear Slavia are no mugs but the Czech side are definitely one of the better draws Rangers could have got.
With the Light Blues 180 minutes away from the last 8, Gerrard’s side will be hoping they can continue their European adventure a bit longer.
A Rangers loanee was sent off for the first time in his career on Saturday while another scored a spectacular goal as his team came from behind to secure an unlikely draw.