Rangers have been awarded over 2200 tickets for their first Europe League group stage match with Villarreal.

With it only just creeping into September, expect even more than that to flock to sunny Spain to enjoy the last of the Summer sun.

It’s a glamour tie, but on a ground we’re not too unfamiliar with.

Unfinished business in the El Madrigal

Rangers hearts were broken back in in 2006 when Alex McLeish’s team were dumped out of the Champions League last 16 in the stadium.

Peter Lovenkrands had Rangers ahead in the El Madrigal and dreaming of the Champion’s League Quarter Finals. (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)

With hearts in mouths, Rangers took the lead through a Peter Lovenkrands screamer after a 2-2 draw at Ibrox. Rodolfo Arruabarrena equalised in the second half and Rangers went out on away goals.

It’s the closest the club have came to the quarters, and some questionable refereeing decisions across the tie cost the club.

The fans will be looking to banish the ghosts of that night a week on Thursday.

A very different Villarreal

Villarreal pose a very different option to this Rangers team than they did the one 12 years ago.

That Villarreal team boasted the talents of Diego Forlan, Juan Roman Riquelme and Marcos Senna.

This one is also a team of high quality.

SEVILLE, SPAIN – AUGUST 26: Carlos Bacca of Villarreal CF looks on during the La Liga match between Sevilla FC and Villarreal CF at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on August 26, 2018 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Colombian striker Carlos Bacca is their key man, but the likes of Italian inside forward Nicola Sansone and new signings Santi Cazorla and £18m man Gerard Moreno make them a solid proposition.

Rangers will need the backing of every fan in the stadium to come away with victory.

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