Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller has insisted that Rangers don’t have an advantage over his side in Thursday’s Europa League clash – despite the Gers having started their season at the weekend.

Leverkusen haven’t played since the end of the German season in July but Voller doesn’t think that will have any impact on the result.

BREMEN, GERMANY - MAY 18: Kai Havertz (R) of Leverkusen celebrate with his team mates after he scores the opening goal during the Bundesliga match between SV Werder Bremen and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Wohninvest Weserstadion on May 18, 2020 in Bremen, Germany. The Bundesliga and Second Bundesliga is the first professional league to resume the season after the nationwide lockdown due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. All matches until the end of the season will be played behind closed doors. Rangers

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The German legend is adamant that who is the better team on the night is what will decide who reaches the quarter-finals, with Leverkusen holding a 3-1  aggregate lead.

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“This is no advantage or disadvantage to not having played any games. In my opinion, everyone starts off at the same level,” Voller said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“Some countries are still playing, some countries are back playing like in Scotland and some aren’t playing at all, like us.

“Everyone is looking at each other and no one really knows what the best position is. It’s a game of unknowns.

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“What’s more important? Lack of playing rhythm or lack of match practice? In my opinion, there is no actual confirmed answer.

“In the end, it will come down to who is the better team on the night.”

Rangers started their season off with a comfortable 1-0 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie but will need to be in much sharper form against the Germans.

Despite never really being threatened by Aberdeen, Gerrard’s side looked a bit one-paced at times and they can’t afford that again on Thursday night.

With a two-goal deficit to overturn, Rangers will need to be at their very best if they are to make Voller eat his words come Thursday night.

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