Rangers handed Europa League boost as rivals insist focus is on title
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Rangers handed Europa League boost as rivals insist focus is on title

Lech Poznan manager Dariusz Zuraw has admittted that he will “very likely” field a weakened side against Rangers in Thursday’s Europa League clash in Poland as his side targets winning the league title this season.

Poznan are already out of the competition and played a much-changed side against Benfica in the last round of fixtures, losing 4-0, and confirmed it was something he would likely repeat this week.

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has already said he’ll make “subtle” changes ahead of the game but the Gers will be eager to ensure they can win as they look to top Group D.

“I explained before we went to Portugal that I didn’t see it as our most important match of the week and that’s why I left players behind in Poland,” Zuraw said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“We’ve had a lot of games and some players were looking jaded and tired. So I rested them and they proved it was the right decision.

“I took the decision to use some of the other players after consultation with the medical staff and the other coaches. Over the course of the season, it will prove to be right.

“Against Rangers, it’s very likely we will do the same thing and rest more players. Yes, the Europa League is important, but we are out and there are many other matches.

“Our aim is to challenge for the title and we need the players fresh later in the season.”

After losing 4-0 in Portugal to Jorge Jesus’ Benfica, Lech returned to domestic action at the weekend with a full-strength side to win by the same scoreline against Podbeskidzie.

A win for Rangers would guarantee top spot in the group for Steven Gerrard’s side as a result of the three goals the Light Blues scored against Benfica in Lisbon.

With Rangers already in the last 32, topping the group would be a fantastic way to round off the Gers’ involvement in the group stage of the competition under Gerrard, as the Light Blues eye up a place in next season’s Champions League.

 

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