Rangers fans have highlighted the poor condition of the Ibrox pitch ahead of an important European fixture against Royal Antwerp.

The Gers take on the Belgian side in a second-leg Europa League Round of 32 clash in Glasgow on Thursday night, knowing that they will progress to the Last 16 if they avoid defeat.

Royal Antwerp FC v Rangers FC - UEFA Europa League

Rangers are on the brink of the Last 16 after a win in Belgium. (Photo by Herman Dingler/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard’s side have all the momentum heading into the match given their 4-3 comeback win in the first leg at the Bosuilstadion and their domestic form, while their opponents are sure to be short on confidence after their winless streak was increased to four matches on Sunday evening.

Rangers have been near flawless on home soil so far this season and they further improved their record with a 4-1 triumph over Dundee United on Sunday afternoon, with Ianis Hagi, Ryan Kent, Joe Aribo and Alfredo Morelos all on the scoresheet.

After surviving a few early scares, the hosts grew into the game and played some excellent football at times.

Yet, the condition of the pitch was a cause for concern for a number of supporters on social media.

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The Ibrox surface looked bare and heavy in a number of places, with left-back Borna Barisic left visibly frustrated by the turf after getting the ball caught under his feet near the end of the first half.

It’s not the first time the pitch has looked below par in recent times, either.

Rangers fans have raised concerns about the Ibrox pitch ahead of a clash against Antwerp. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

The quality of the surface deteriorated considerably after the turn of the year last season prompting the club to relay the pitch during the first lockdown in April 2020.

Initially, that looked to have done trick, but with the return of winter weather the same problems cropped up again, with supporters raising concerns during the Europa League group stage win over Standard Liege in December.

Over two months later, the issues haven’t been resolved and although the presence of pigeons on the pitch for Sunday’s game suggested that the pitch has recently been reseeded, supporters were concerned.

Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:

 

A dodgy surface isn’t the only thing Rangers will have to contend with on Thursday night, because two key players have been ruled out of the match through injury.

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