Rangers’ Europa League foes Willem II have had another name added to their lengthy injury list ahead of the sides meeting tomorrow night as Leeroy Owusu, Elton Kabangu, Otschi Wriedt and Rick Zuijderwijk were joined by defender Freek Heerkens on the treatment table.
The Gers travel to Tilburg for the third qualifying round clash with a lengthy injury list of their own but will take some confidence from the Dutch side missing a number of first-team regulars.
Steven Gerrard’s side will be without Niko Katic, Joe Aribo, Ryan Jack, Brandon Barker and Kemar Roofe in the Netherlands but will still have a very strong side out in the Koning Willem II Stadion.
With a clash against Hajduk Split or Galatasaray awaiting in the playoffs, Rangers are only 180 minutes away from reaching the group stage of the Europa League for a third successive year.
After losing their opening league game, Willem II have scored nine without reply against Progres Niederkorn and Heracles in the last week.
Rangers will have to be at their best in Tilburg if they are to beat the Dutch side, and their manager Adrie Koster is excited to face Gerrard.
“It’s great that a legend like Steven Gerrard will come to our stadium. He has a much better track record as a footballer than I did, but that won’t matter now,” Koster said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“He will do exactly the same as me…prepare his team for a big football match.
“I don’t know his coaching ability too well, but I know the way he gets his Rangers team to play. They look like a good team – they don’t play a typically Scottish way because they play a lot of good football.