Rangers manager Steven Gerrard knows his side face a “big challenge” when they finally face Bayer Leverkusen in their Europa League second leg clash – but admits his side made it more difficult by conceding a third goal when they met back in March.

The Germans wrapped up a 3-1 win at Ibrox in the final game before football was suspended and will meet in August to settle the tie.

Rangers' English manager Steven Gerrard watches his players from the touchline during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg football match between Rangers FC and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow on March 12, 2020.

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Gerrard thinks both sides will encounter some “strangeness” and doesn’t know what sort of shape Leverkusen will be in by then.

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“It will be a big challenge for us. And we’ve made the job more difficult for ourselves than we would have liked by conceding a third goal at Ibrox,” Gerrard told the Daily Record.

“But who knows what shape Leverkusen are going to be in by then? They are coming to the end of the season and will probably have some downtime.


“So you don’t know what their situation will be or what level they’ll be at by the time the game comes around.


“That’s where there will be a strangeness for both clubs because, ideally, the game should have been done and dusted, already dealt with.”

Before the Gers return to Europa action, the will kick off the Scottish Premiership campaign on the first weekend of August.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 12: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC looks on during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg match between Rangers FC and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Ibrox Stadium on March 12, 2020 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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The Light Blues will be desperate to get off to a strong start after more than four months without any competitive football.

If they can somehow overturn the two-goal deficit against Leverkusen, Rangers will return to Germany later in August to take part in an eight-team mini-tournament being held across a handful of German cities.

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