Rangers physical presence a worry for Villarreal star Miguel Layun
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Rangers physical presence a worry for Villarreal star Miguel Layun

Villarreal left wing back Miguel Layun believes his team must overcome a “physical” Rangers side on Thursday.

And the Mexican World Cup star thinks he knows exactly how to do it.

Layun, who joined Villarreal from Porto in the Summer, believes Rangers can be got at through set-pieces.

The flying 30-year-old former Watford player teed up Carlos Bacca with a precise delivery at the weekend. The solitary goal against Leganes was the team’s first league win of the season.

Miguel Layun joined Villarreal from Porto in the Summer for a reported €4m. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Layun is very aware of the threat Rangers pose.

“I think the game against Rangers will be similar to the one we faced against Leganes. Rangers are a very physical team and to beat them we must embrace our game idea,” Layun explains.

“We were smart on Sunday, we knew how to suffer in the game and take the opportunity we had to win. The dead ball situation has taken on a bigger role in modern football, it is more and more ordered. It is beginning to be fundamental to decide the outcome, so hopefully this type of action we can do means an extra contribution for the team and gives us great results in the long term.”

“Rangers are a team from the highest level”

Layun has been full of praise for a Rangers team he admittedly knows little about.

The Mexican has promised to do his homework on Rangers stars, as well as contact compatriots Eddie Herrera and Carlos Pena for more information.

Miguel Layun impressed for Mexico at the World Cup and will be asking his compatriots about Rangers (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

But Miguel Layun is still expecting a big challenge from the Ibrox club.

“I think Rangers are a team from the highest level. I am expecting one of our most difficult games all season. It will be a very hard match for us,” he said.

“We are anticipating a very physical game and it’s so important because it’s our first Europa League match of the group.

“We want to start well but we will have to be focused and we know we will have to be our best form to get the win.”

Meanwhile, former captain Lee McCulloch believes Rangers can nick a win in Spain.

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