Rangers sent Euro message as Willem II warm up with Dutch thrashing
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Rangers sent Euro message as Willem II warm up with Dutch thrashing

As Rangers were stumbling in Edinburgh, their Europa League rivals Willem II were warming up with an impressive goalscoring performance in the Dutch Eredivisie.

The Tricolores started their Dutch top tier campaign with a 2-0 opening day defeat to Heerenveen but bounced back to thrash Heracles 4-0 this afternoon.

On-form Greek striker Vangelis Pavlidis of Willem II scored another double ahead of the club’s clash with Rangers.

After they trounced familiar Euro foes Progres Niederkorn 5-0 to set up the match with Rangers it’s the second impressive showing in less than a week for the Dutch side.


Greek striker Vangelis Pavlidis scored another brace in the 4-0 win with young German midfielder Gorkem Saglam also hitting the back of the net after scoring v Progres.

Young German winger John Yeboah got the other goal as Willem II raced into an emphatic 3-0 lead after a goalless first half.

Pavlidis had the Tilburg side ahead in the first minute after the restart before Saglam (50’) and Yeboah (52’) added a second and third within the next six minutes.

Pavlidis, 21, rounded off the scoring in the 84th minute as this youthful Eredivisie side now turns their attentions to welcoming Rangers to the Koning Willem II Stadion on Thursday night.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has warned that his side will be facing a good team in the Netherlands after his side dropped two points away to Hibs at Easter Road.

“Tough game, good side, really good attacking players,” said Gerrard [RangersTV].

“Finished fifth in the Dutch league last year so they deserve respect but one thing’s for sure, we’re going to have to improve from an organisation point of view if we want to progress to the final qualifier.”

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