Livingston keeper Max Stryjek will see two former Sunderland team-mates go head-to-head tomorrow night when Rangers take on Willem II in the Europa League – and the Polish shot-stopper predicts that it will be Jon McLaughlin and Rangers who leave the Koning Willem II Stadion with a place in the playoffs.
Stryjek was third-choice behind McLaughlin and Willem II keeper Robbin Ruiter a few seasons ago while at Sunderland and knows both well after working so closely with them in the North East.
The Livi keeper expects a close game between the two but thinks Rangers will be “too strong” and set up a clash with Galatasaray or Hajduk Split.
“I saw Jon when Rangers played at Livingston and it was good to catch up with him. It will be interesting to see them play against each other in such a big Europa League qualifier,” Stryjek told the Scottish Sun.
“Rangers are a good team and have done well in Europe recently, so they will maybe be too strong.
“But I do think it will be a close game — 2-1 or 1-0 to Rangers would probably be my prediction.”
The Gers will travel to Holland without Kemar Roofe after the striker was removed from the squad and replaced by Leon Balogun after the calf injury he sustained against Lincoln Red Imps.
While Stryjek will be hoping to see his former team-mates in action, it seems likely that Allan McGregor will be given the nod in goals for Gerrard’s side in Tilburg.