Former Ranger star Alex Rae believes that playing Standard Liege in an empty stadium is a “big bonus” for the Gers after he branded the Belgian side’s supporters as the “most hostile” in the country.
Rae had a stint in Belgium as assistant manager to Alex McLeish and went to see Standard take on Anderlecht, only to see the Standard fans unveil a gruesome display before the game.
“A big bonus for Rangers is there will be no fans there. Standard have the most hostile supporters in Belgium,” Rae told the Daily Record.
“I went to a Standard versus Anderlecht game when I was over there. It was a Sunday afternoon and we had played on the Saturday, so I took the opportunity to see two of our main rivals.
“The atmosphere was electric. Behind the goal on the right-hand side from the main stand, their ultras had made a banner that covered the whole bottom tier.
“It was a guy in a Michael Myers-type hockey mask, with a giant sword in one hand and Defour’s decapitated head, blood dripping from it, in the other hand.
“Defour had signed for Anderlecht from Standard and this was their message to him. It caused outrage in Belgium but shows how crazy some of the Liege support could be.
“It will help Rangers that the stadium will be quiet and they’ve coped really well with playing with no fans at home and away.
“That, and their form against Willem II and Galatasaray, will have them believing they can go to Liege and get a result.
The Gers have been in excellent form this season, at home and in Europe, and getting off the mark with a win would be a fantastic result for the Light Blues.
It will be a tough ask for them though with Standard having never lost to Scottish opposition at home in six games, with Dundee United the only one to avoid defeat.