Rangers have been provided with encouragement ahead of their Europa League fixture against Lech Poznan after their opponents recorded another poor result in the Ekstraklasa.

The Gers got off to a perfect start in Group D last week with a 2-0 win over Standard Liege in Belgium, while the Polish club succumbed to a 4-2 defeat at home to Benfica.

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Darwin Nuñez was the key for Benfica in their win over Lech Poznan. (Photo by Damian Kosciesza/PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)

Lech put up a decent fight against the Portuguese giants, who only really made the points safe in injury time when the outstanding Darwin Nuñez completed his hat-trick.

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However, their form in domestic competition has been poor so far this season.

Dariusz Zuraw’s side appear to be suffering after the departure of last season’s Ekstraklasa top goalscorer, Christian Gytkjaer, and have found positive results hard to come by.

They lost 2-1 away to Jagiellonia prior to their Europa League opener and warmed up to face the Gers with a 1-1 draw at home to lowly Cracovia.

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Lech Poznan are on a poor run of form heading into their Europa League clash with Rangers. (Photo by Foto Olimpik/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

A fine volley from Pelle van Amersfoort put the visitors ahead in the 34th minute and although the hosts subsequently battered the Cracovia goal in search of an equaliser, the game was deep into the second half before they got back onto level terms.

 

Substitute, Mohammad Awwad, got the goal, steering home a close-range volley in the 84th minute.

As the clock ticked towards full-time, a final half-chance was spurned and Lech dropped two further points, ensuring they are now 10th in the 16-team Polish top-flight.

With Rangers easing past Livingston on Sunday to secure their seventh consecutive victory in all competitions, the two teams could scarcely be in more contrasting form heading into Thursday’s meeting at Ibrox.

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