Rangers must overturn abysmal record when they face Czech champs
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Rangers must overturn abysmal record when they face Czech champs

When Rangers face Slavia Prague in the Europa League Last 16 the Ibrox club will need to banish an awful record against teams from the country now referred to as Czechia.

Over the years Rangers have faced three ties against teams from the former Czechoslovakia and on all three occasions have fallen at that particular Eastern European hurdle.

Rangers must overturn an awful record against Czech sides when they face Jindřich Tripišovský’s talented Slavia Prague team. (Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

In 1981, Rangers lost 3-0 on the road in the UEFA Cup to Dukla Prague but did manage a 2-1 win at Ibrox, knocking them out of the first round of the tournament.

Ten years later the Gers would face off against Slavia’s great rivals Sparta in the European Cup, crashing out on away goals following a 1-0 defeat in Czech and a 2-1 loss at Ibrox.

The last time Rangers faced off against Czech competition was with the treble-winning 02/03 season where the club underperformed on the European stage.

Alex McLeish’s side would crash out to Viktoria Zizkov after a 2-0 loss in the Czech Republic and a 3-1 after extra time defeat at Ibrox, losing the tie on away goals.

But fear not Rangers fans – things are considerably different at Ibrox and footballing records such as these are made to be broken.

Libor Sionko is the only Czech international to have played for Rangers. (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Not only that, but Slavia have also never defeated a Scottish side on the European stage, losing 3-1 on aggregate to St. Mirren in 1985 and 4-3 to Hearts in 1992.

Should Rangers make it through the tie, the Ibrox side will need to get a hold on the £45m-rated Slavia wonderkid reportedly drawing interest from a couple of Premier League clubs.