Rangers go into the tie in Russia knowing that one goal in Ufa will mean they need to score three.

As it stands, Rangers should expect a real challenge from the Russians on their own patch. The Russian Premier League side will fancy their chances and Rangers will need to be on the top of their game to get a win.

If Rangers do manage to get a result in Russia, it’ll be the first time they’ve been in Europe proper for seven years.

Rangers lead 1-0 through Connor Goldson’s Ibrox goal. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Some expected changes

Following on from results away against Osijek and Maribor, I expect Gerrard to return to the 4-3-2-1 that’s served him so well on the road.

Barisic drops out as he is cup-tied, with Halliday dropping out in place of the experienced Arfield. I’d expect Coulibaly to start but it’s looking increasingly unlikely he will. The impressive Ejaria will continue, and Lafferty drops out with the system change.

I reckon Gerrard will make three changes from the team that played Maribor. Halliday, Ejaria, Murphy out, Coulibaly, Jack and Kent in. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

This, by-and-large, has been the side that’s saw us through in these big away days and I expect Gerrard to keep that resolute, winning shape in this one.

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Predicted XI to play Ufa

GK – MCGREGOR

DR – TAVERNIER

DC – KATIC

DC – GOLDSON

 

DL – FLANAGAN

CDM – JACK

CM – EJARIA

CM – ARFIELD

RW – CANDEIAS

LW – KENT

ST – MORELOS

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