Lincoln Red Imps legend Lee Casciaro has admitted that he fears Rangers will pose a tougher test than bitter rivals Celtic did for the minnows – and insists that the Gers should book their place in the next round “comfortably.”

The Gers travel to Gibraltar for the clash on September 17 as they look to reach the group stages of the Europa League for the third consecutive season and Casciaro will be hoping for an Old Firm double after sinking Celtic in Brendan Rodgers’ first game in charge.

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The 38-year-old confessed he wouldn’t be betting on the Red Imps and acknowledged that it will be harder for them to “compete” with Rangers than when they faced Celtic in 2016.

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“Who would have thought that after playing Celtic that we would get Rangers? It’s a bonus for us to be able to compete against them,” Casciaro said, as quoted by The Herald.

“If I was a betting man I would not bet on Lincoln, but in football who knows?

“At the end of the day we shouldn’t be able to get a result

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“It’s a good game to go and express ourselves but realistically Rangers should get past us comfortably, especially since the Scottish league has already started.

“I think when Celtic came over they had only had one pre-season game, maybe less.

“It’s going to be harder for us to compete.”

The Gers will be overwhelming favourites to beat the minnows and secure their place in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

DUBLIN, IRELAND - JUNE 10: Lee Casciaro of Gibraltar and Conor Hourihane of Republic of Ireland during the UEFA Group D Euro 2020 qualifying game between Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar at Aviva Stadium on June 10, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. Rangers

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After reaching the last 16 in last season’s competition, another long European run would be ideal for the Light Blues as they continue to rebuild the club’s repuation.

With Scotland on the brink of securing an automatic place in the Champions League group stages, the coefficient points will also be warmly welcomed.

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