With the club preparing to welcome fresh opposition to Ibrox on Thursday, we look at the numbers behind Rangers vs Ufa.
Results against the Russians
Unsurprisingly, this is the first time Rangers have come up against the Russians. Being formed over seven years ago, this is their first venture into European competition.
However, it’s certainly not the first Russian opposition Rangers have come up against. Throughout their entire competitive history in Europe, the Ibrox side have faced seven different ties with Russian outfits. Those clubs are Dinamo Moscow (x2), Alania Vladikavkaz, CSKA Moscow (x2), Anzhi Makhachkala, and Zenit St Petersburg.
Of the 11 matches played against those sides, Rangers have won seven of them. The Gers have also never lost in their four home matches to Russian sides.
Alfredo Morelos will be the man Rangers look at to provide goal-scoring inspiration. The Colombian has already netted six times, with two of those coming in Europa League qualifiers.
If Morelos doesn’t score, then someone else surely will. The stats back that up. Of the 11 games played against Russian sides, Rangers have scored in nine of them.
Defensively it hasn’t been so comfortable. Rangers have managed to concede in eight of those same 11 fixtures. Fortunately, Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic are producing quite the impressive partnership. Rangers have conceded just four goals in 10 matches under Gerrard (including friendlies).
Gerrard’s men have conceded two goals in their last three qualifying matches at Ibrox. However, Rangers have also scored in nine of their 10 games under the Liverpool icon. This means they won’t be too concerned if they did lose a goal with the firepower that’s on show.
The numbers behind Rangers vs Ufa ahead of the crunch Ibrox clash on Thursday night clearly makes for good reading.