Rangers vs Dortmund: Referee confirmed for Europa League clash at Ibrox
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Rangers vs Dortmund: Referee confirmed for Europa League clash at Ibrox

High-profile referee Matéu Lahoz will take charge of the second leg of the Europa League knockout round playoff tie between Rangers and Borussia Dortmund.

The champions of Scotland and the German giants will clash again at Ibrox on Thursday night and it’s the hosts who are favourites to progress.

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Gio van Bronckhorst’s men produced an outstanding display to win the first leg 4-2 in Germany and BVB are still without star man Erling Haaland for the rematch.

Rangers fans have bemoaned the standard of refereeing in the Premiership recently, but with VAR in operation and a top-level ref appointed, there should be less controversy in this one.

44-year-old Lahoz is a vastly experienced Spanish whistler who has been refereeing in La Liga for well over a decade.

Last season, he was given the honour of refereeing the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea, while he also took charge of matches at the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020.

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He’s been assigned to two Rangers matches in the past, with the Gers winning one and losing the other.

So far this season, he’s dished out 71 yellow cards in just 21 matches, but has only sent one player off, while he’s awarded just four penalties [Transfermarkt].

In a Champions League group stage fixture between Man City and Club Brugge in November, he didn’t caution a single player.

Meanwhile, Rangers have responded on Twitter after Borussia Dortmund caught Jude Bellingham’s first impressions of Ibrox on camera.

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