Rangers v Feyenoord - match preview and Rangers predicted XI
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Rangers v Feyenoord - match preview and Rangers predicted XI

Rangers might’ve had to negotiate four rounds and eight matches to get there, but the Ibrox club are set to kick off their Europa League group campaign at home to Feyenoord.

Steven Gerrard’s side have done immensely well to qualify for the competition for the second year on the bounce and the club will be hoping to go one step further this year and get into the knockout rounds after Christmas.

If Rangers are to progress from what’s a “challenging” group containing Feyenoord, Porto and Young Boys, then you get the impression they need to pick up three points from this match.

Rangers met Feyenoord back in 2002 in the fourth round of the UEFA Cup. Feyenoord would win 4-3 on aggregate. Mandatory Credit: Dave Rogers/Getty Images

The home matches are always hugely important in European competition, but with such a tight, competitive group, they’ll take extra significance this year.

Feyenoord are debatably the side which Rangers will be looking to take maximum points from.

Porto are top seeds and a relative European giant of sorts, with the matches against the conquerors of Celtic in the 2003 final of this competition’s previous incarnation – the UEFA Cup – seen as the biggest challenge.

They were also pipped to the Primeira Liga trophy by two points by Benfica last season and made the Champions League quarter finals.

In contrast, Young Boys won the Swiss domestic division by 20 points last season and will be disappointed they didn’t make the Champions League this year.

Both Young Boys and Porto were dumped out the competition at the Playoff stage to Red Star Belgrade and Krasnador respectively.

Former Rangers striker Michael Mols ended his career at Feyenoord. He’s been talking up the clash [Daily Record]. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Feyenoord, by comparison, finished third in Holland, some 21 points off eventual winners Ajax.

They’ve started this season in stuttering form, with only 9 points from 18 and are sitting seventh in the Eredivisie.

If Rangers are serious about getting out of this group, you get the feeling they’ll be looking to take four to six points off Feyenoord.

Is this the team to secure the first three and get the club off to a superb start in Europe?

Feyenoord are now coached by Dutch legend Jaap Stam. (Photo by Laurens Lindhout/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Rangers v Feyenoord – Rangers predicted XI

GK – Allan McGregor

DR – James Tavernier

DC – Connor Goldson

DC – Filip Helander

DL – Borna Barisic

CDM – Glen Kamara

CM – Steven Davis

CM – Joe Aribo

RW – Sheyi Ojo

ST – Alfredo Morelos

LW – Scott Arfield