Rangers travel to Poland to face Lech Poznan on Thursday night in their final Europa League group stage fixture – and former Dundee and Motherwell star Tom Hateley thinks the Poles will be “under pressure” to get three points and restore some pride after a disappointing campaign.
Dariusz Zuraw’s side lost 4-0 in their last outing against Benfica and will likely field a weakened team against Steven Gerrard’s Rangers and Hateley admits he thought they would have picked up more points than they have.
Hateley, son of Gers legend Mark, spent time playing in Poland with Slask Wroclaw and Piast Gilwice so knows all about Poznan, insisting they have players who can “hurt” Rangers.
“Lech are an expressive side and have good young players who can hurt you. They will be disappointed with the way their campaign has gone,” Hateley told the Daily Record.
“The Poles are very proud people and Lech are a big club with a big fan base.
“They will be under pressure to get the three points against Rangers just for the pride.
“It has been a tough group but I would have expected them to pick up more points than they have.”
The Gers came out on top when the two sides met earlier in the competition and Hateley thought Poznan performed as expected as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Ibrox.
Alfredo Morelos scored the goal which took him clear as the Gers’ all-time record European goalscorer, ahead of Ally McCoist, and Hateley has backed his dad’s old side to do the same again in Poland tomorrow night.
“It was the sort of performance I expected from Lech.
“They were well-organised, hard to beat and dangerous going forward.
“That was probably one of their better games in the Europa League.
“I would expect them to try and cause problems again, but I would still back Rangers to win on current form.”