Rangers opponents in the Europa League playoff round, Borussia Dortmund, thrashed Freiburg 5-1 in the Friday evening Bundesliga match which boosts their title hopes.

The German side delivered a statement of intent ahead of their tie with Rangers in February as they look to be getting back to their best.

Borussia Dortmund v Sport-Club Freiburg - Bundesliga
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The side raced into a three-goal lead before halftime, with Thomas Meunier scoring twice before Erling Haaland scored on the stroke of halftime.

Freiburg pulled one back, but this was to no avail as Dortmund grabbed another two goals through Haaland and Mahmoud Dahoud in what was a thrashing.

Borussia Dortmund send out statement of intent ahead of Rangers clash

Although the tie against Rangers isn’t until mid-February, Dortmund have returned from the winter break with two wins from two, scoring 8 and conceding three goals.

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This has boosted their title ambitions as they now sit only three points behind Bayern Munich, albeit having played a game more, as a genuine title challenge will now be the aim.

Following their win against Eintracht Frankfurt, in which the side conceded two first half goals, Mats Hummels commented on the sides defensive worries, referring to it as a “constant issue” and this is something that the Ibrox side can take advantage of.

The upcoming tie looks set to be a mouth-watering occasion as both sides appear to be in good form, although that can change over the next few weeks.

The first leg takes place on February 17 at the Westfalenstadion before the return leg at Ibrox a week later.

Borussia Dortmund v Sport-Club Freiburg - Bundesliga
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Giovanni van Bronckhorst will want to continue his fine Euro form in charge of the Gers, unbeaten in two matches thus far. The German heavyweights will provide a challenge that he hasn’t experienced before.

In other news, Rangers ace Alfredo Morelos looks rejuvenated under former Bayern Munich striker Roy Makaay.

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