Looking at Rangers away from home in Europe
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Looking at Rangers away from home in Europe

With just hours to go until their crunch-game, we take a look at Rangers’ record away from home in Europe.

Steven Gerrard’s men simply need to avoid a two-goal defeat in Russia against Ufa to qualify for the Europa League. What some Rangers supporters may not know, however, is that one stat in particular should keep them at ease.

Everyone will remember the infamous 2-0 defeat to Progres Niederkorn last season. It was the ultimate low point for any Rangers fan and an embarrassment at how far the club had dropped.

However, it’s new and exciting times under Gerrard. The defeat to Progres was widely considered a one-off, and it was the only time in eight away games in Europe Rangers have lost by two goals.

Pedro Caixinha suffered a dreadful defeat in his first European tie (Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

That alone is part of a bigger run of 20 games with just two defeats by two goals or more away from home. During that run, Rangers have travelled to places such as Manchester United, Sevilla, and PSV Eindhoven.

Away days for Rangers in Europe certainly aren’t something that should be haunting supporters heading into Thursday’s clash. Especially not so far under Gerrard.

The Liverpool hero has overseen three away matches in Europe since arriving at Ibrox. Rangers fans won’t need reminding that they’ve yet to lose one, but they’ve also yet to even ship a goal.

Rangers earned a draw at Old Trafford back in 2010 (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

When called upon Allan McGregor has shown incredible shot-stopping ability. However, the new Rangers back-line has had its best displays in Europe so far.

A Rangers goal tonight would also be a big advantage for them and turn the tie in Gerrard’s favour strongly. Looking back, there’s around a 50% chance of this happening if you compare it to the stats.

In their last 15 European away matches, Rangers have notched goals in eight of them. The Gers didn’t create many chances in Maribor last time out, but in the end they didn’t have to.

Looking at it from a statistical point of view, Rangers should feel confident, and they will be confident.