When the latest Europa League qualifying draw was made on Wednesday afternoon, plenty of Rangers fans were buzzing.

Should the Gers progress from QR1, there’s a chance that they could face Progres Niederkorn. That’s the club from Luxembourg who embarrassed the Gers back in 2017.

Niederkorn defeated Rangers 2-1 over two legs in 2017. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)
Therefore, a shot at sweet revenge is on the horizon.
However, Bears aren’t the only ones delighted by this latest development. Progres star Sebastian Thill, whose free-kick dumped the Gers out last time around, says the draw will serve as motivation in the earlier rounds. They must defeat Cardiff Met Uni in the Preliminary Round followed by Cork City in QR1 in order to set up the potential clash.
“We are so excited at the prospect of playing Rangers again,” Thill
told the Daily Record. “I was delighted when I heard the draw because it was such a good experience to play against Rangers. We know to do that we must jump over two hurdles.”
“It was a famous moment in our history and I’m sure it’s the same at Rangers but for different reasons. I realise how big a deal it was.
“Ibrox is such a big stadium with a lot of history and it was amazing to play there. When the draw was made all the players who were there two years ago were saying how great it would be to go back to Glasgow. If we play them again then I’d love to score the winning goal again. And why not? Everything is possible in football.”
A rematch would give the Gers a chance to partially atone for past mistakes. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)


Surely, having been downed by Progres before, there’s no chance of a repeat for Rangers.
Under Steven Gerrard, this team is a different beast and demonstrated that with a strong European showing last season.
Let’s hope if the Luxembourg club comes back to Glasgow, they’ll witness the side’s improvement first hand.

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