Two of Rangers’ Europa League Group A rivals slipped up in their respective domestic competitions on Sunday.

The Gers’ group stage campaign got off to a bad start on Thursday night with a 2-0 defeat to Lyon and then they dropped points themselves in the Premiership on Sunday, throwing away a lead to draw 1-1 with Motherwell at Ibrox.

Rangers FC v Olympique Lyon: Group A - UEFA Europa League
Rangers struggled in front of goal yet again on flag day. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Yet, encouragingly for Steven Gerrard and co., it isn’t like the other sides in Group A are in scintillating form.

Sparta Prague are up next for the Gers and they’ve started the Czech First League season relatively well.

However, they slipped up at home on Sunday, drawing 1-1 with Jablonec, ensuring they failed to regain top spot from Viktoria Plzen.

After the Light Blues’ trip to the Czech Republic, they will face Brøndby home and away.

The Danes held Sparta to a goalless draw in their Group A opener, but their early-season domestic form has been abysmal.

They lost 1-0 at SønderjyskE on Sunday ensuring that nine games into their SuperLiga campaign, they have still only won one match, which bizarrely was over table-toppers FC Midtjylland late last month.

SonderjyskE vs Brondby IF - Danish 3F Superliga
Rangers’ Europa League rivals Brøndby (pictured) and Sparta Prague both slipped up this weekend. (Photo by Jan Christensen / FrontzoneSport via Getty Images)

Their struggles have left them ninth in a 12-team league, suggesting that they are the weakest side in the group.

Rangers may have had a mixed start to their Premiership campaign, but with Lyon currently mid-table in Ligue 1, they are the only Group A side currently top of their domestic league.

After Sunday’s draw with the Steelmen, Gerrard singled out three of his Rangers players for praise.

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