Rangers' rivals latest result proves outlandish suggestions of disarray could be premature
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Rangers Euro rivals up to 2nd despite suggestion of a club in disarray

For a team apparently in disarray, Rangers’ Europa League rivals Royal Antwerp appear to be going not too shabby in a competitive Belgian Jupiler League.

There has been a period of substantial upheaval at the club after manager Ivan Leko left for the Chinese Super League and their star striker, Didier Lamkel Zé, tried to force a move away by showing up to training in an Anderlecht top.

Antwerp’s Lior Refaelov celebrates after scoring and is a dangerous player for the Belgian side. (Photo by BRUNO FAHY/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

More than that there have been injuries aplenty – including to their first-choice goalkeeper – and their new manager Franky Vercauteren namechecked Rangers in a transfer appeal to the board.

A Rangers-linked striker in Fashion Sakala also helped down the club in a 2-1 win for KV Oostende at the weekend but the club got back to winning ways against Eupen.

The Belgian outfit managed a 2-0 win against their top tier rivals in a result which puts them up to 2nd in the division.

The result came courtesy of goals from Israeli winger Lior Refaelov and defender Abdoulaye Seck.

Between games in hand, they could drop back down into fourth but this highlights just how tricky a tie this could be for Rangers with Antwerp holding their own against Genk, Standard and Anderlecht.

Reports of a club in disarray might be a tad premature even if Royal Antwerp are in indifferent form with three wins in five since Vercauteren came into the side.

Royal Antwerp coach Franky Vercauteren has his side up to 2nd in the Belgian Pro League despite reports that Rangers’ Europa League rivals are in disarray. (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen Fotografie/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

But the Eupen result will serve as a warning for Rangers who cannot afford to go into this match with any hint of complacency despite reports to the contrary.

However, Rangers have been boosted by the news that they will have a substantial period of time off after the second leg of the crunch Last 32 Europa League tie.

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