As Rangers travel to Switzerland to face Servette in the Champions League qualifiers, Michael Beale has already promised not to rest on his laurels.

The Ibrox side take a slender 2-1 lead to Geneva with plenty still frustrated that the club didn’t kill the tie against the 10-man Swiss in Glasgow.

It leaves both sides with everything to play for as they bid for a place in the Champions League playoff where they will likely face PSV Eindhoven of the Netherlands.

There’s also a guaranteed £4m (€5m) on the line for the victor no matter what happens before the group stage and there is plenty of pressure on Michael Beale heading into the game.

UEFA Champions League 2023/24 Third Qualifying Round Draw
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Speaking ahead of the match, the Rangers manager was clear that the club would be going at the Servette jugular in the hunt for a Champions League spot despite holding a lead in the tie.

“We did a good job to get ourselves in front but this game for us starts 0-0,” said Rangers manager Michael Beale.

“It’s important we try to win – if we do, we know we’re definitely through.

“It’s just important we attack the game head on. One thing’s for sure is we’re not coming to hold on to what we’ve got.

“Everything’s to play for, the tie is open and the fact that it’s in front of a full house, it makes the game even more special. It’s a huge game, we understand that.

“We think it’ll be quite an even contest, quite open in terms of there has to be an outcome on the night. The weather, the pitch, the officials, the new environment – it’s a great leveller. We’ll have to be at our best.”

With that in mind, we suspect Rangers are going to go full strength in the hunt for a shot at Champions League glory over Servette.

The impressive Jack Butland will retain his space between the sticks, with Connor Goldson coming back into a back-four which includes James Tavernier, John Souttar and Borna Barisic.

With Leon Balogun dropping out in defence, we suspect Jose Cifuentes will drop out in midfield with the Ibrox boss going with a rested Ryan Jack alongside Nicolas Raskin and Todd Cantwell.

Playing just in front of them, Sam Lammers got off the mark v Livingston and we suspect the Dutchman will start with Brazilian striker Danilo also making the cut up top.

All eyes will then be on who takes the other striker slot, with Cyriel Dessers the subject of much reporting heading into the game as he gets back up to fitness.

But with the match promising to be stretched, we reckon it’s more suited to the pace and height of Abdallah Sima.

Servette v Rangers Champions League QR3 – Rangers predicted XI

GK – Jack Butland

DR – James Tavernier

DC – Connor Goldson

DC – John Souttar

DL – Borna Barisic

CM – Ryan Jack

CM – Nicolas Raskin

CM – Todd Cantwell

CAM – Sam Lammers

ST – Abdallah Sima

ST – Danilo

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