The captain of Rangers Europa League rivals Willem II has sent a stern warning to the Ibrox side as they prepare to make their way to Holland.
The Eredivisie club go into the match with Rangers off the back of a thumping 4-0 weekend win against Heracles Almelo after bruising Progres Niederkorn 5-0 in Europa League QR2.
Rangers will be under little illusion that this will be a tough tie in Holland and the Tillburg club’s skipper Jordens Peters has warned the Gers should take Adrie Koster’s side seriously.
The 33-year-old Dutchman also paid tribute to the Gers and expressed his disappointment that supporters won’t be involved in the behind-closed-doors match.
“This is real European football – playing against a club like Rangers with so much history,” said Peters, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“What could be better than playing Rangers in our full stadium? The fans would love a game like that and I would have really liked to have played the away game in Glasgow too.
“I really like the fact that someone like Steven Gerrard is having to analyse us. I wonder what he thinks of me!
“Who would have thought that a few years ago that when he as one of the best players in the world at Liverpool, he would have to study a club like ours!
“But I do believe they will take us seriously. They should not underestimate us.
“It’s clear though we will have to be very good to go through though.”
Peters comments were also backed up by ex-Chelsea coach and South American scout Wilber Hack, who now works as a reporter for the Brabants Dagblad newspaper.
He believes that Willem II are a threat to Rangers and if they reproduce recent displays they have every chance of progressing, warning this is the case even if they are the “underdogs”.
“Willem II are the underdogs,” said Hack [Glasgow Times].
“Rangers are a big name in European football. Willem has far less experience in continental competition.
“But if they can play their normal game and not get drawn into a fight for the ball with Rangers they have a chance.
“They played well against Progres last week. They performed with a good intensity from the very first minute. Okay, Rangers are a superior team.
“But if Willem can reproduce their display then they can get the result they are looking for and going through.”
If Rangers are to progress in Holland, they will be tasked with keeping Greek striker Vangelis Pavlidis quiet, the striker having scored four goals in his last two games.