Rangers have been sent an emphatic Euro message by Dutch side Willem II as they secured safe passage into QR3 of the Europa League at the expense of Progres Niederkorn.

Gers fans will be relieved to find out they won’t have to face the Luxembourgian outfit in this season’s competition having played them twice in three seasons.

But the Ibrox side face a much sterner test in the talented Eredivisie outfit who completely dismantled Progres 5-0 on enemy soil.

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If Steven Gerrard’s side can progress over Lincoln Red Imps, as is expected in Gibraltar, then they will face off against the Dutch side in Holland.


When it gets to that stage of the competition Rangers are well aware that there are no easy games, with previous ties against Maribor and FC Midtjylland setting the bar for the club.

Willem II are an exiting young side full of energy and talent, with 21-year-old Greek forward Vangelis Pavlidis netting a double in the win over Progres.


German midfielder Görkem Sağlam, 22, Che Nunnely, 21, and the very talented Mike Trésor Ndayishimiye, 21, also found the net.

Progres Niederkorn v Willem II - UEFA Europa League

Plenty of Willem II fans still traveled to nearby Luxembourg despite the fact no fans were allowed in the ground as their club sent Rangers an emphatic Euro message. (Photo by Geert van Erven/Soccrates/Getty Images)

This is a creative young side full of energy and spark and the Gers will have to be on their toes to reach the Playoff round, should they manage to get past the Lincoln Red Imps.

Willem II might’ve started their league campaign with a defeat – 2-0 to Heerenveen – but there is a reason they were in 5th place when the Dutch top tier was called that season.

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