Sport Will Rangers get Champions League campaign off to a flyer against Union Saint-Gilloise? Monday Jury
Rangers Champions League tie moved as kick-off details confirmed for Union Saint-Gilloise qualifier
Rangers fans may still face a Champions League ticket scramble in Belgium – even though Union Saint-Gilloise have moved their first leg away from their Stade Joseph Marien home. © OHL's 'King Power at Den Dreef' stadium will host Rangers' Champions league qualifier (Photo by YORI... Details for the third round qualifier – the penultimate stage before the UCL group stages – have been confirmed as Giovanni van Brocnkhorst’s team prepare to begin their latest European journey next month.
WILL RANGERS GAIN A POSITIVE RESULT AGAINST UNION SAINT GILLOISE TOMORROW?
ANDY NEWPORT:’s team weren’t quite up to full speed at Livi but the 90 minutes at Almondvale will have done them the world of good. A draw would set them up nicely for next week’s return.
CRAIG SWAN: Giovanni van Bronckhorst proved his abilities in Europe last season and that will ensure Rangers return to Ibrox in pole position to progress.
FRASER WILSON: The fact this is on neutral ground could help Rangers get off to a flier but it won’t be easy. Dante Vanzeir is the dangerman with goal threat coming in off the flank. Keep him quiet andcan grab a single goal advantage.
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Rangers embark on one of their most crucial games of the season when they face Belgian top flight runners-up Union Saint-Gilloise in the first leg of the clubs’ Champions League third round qualifier in Leuven. © Rangers James Tavernier leaps in celebration of what proved a free-kick winner that secured his team... All the pressure and expectation will come on to the shoulders of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men in what will be a first foray into continental competition since their agonising penalty shoot-out defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in May’s Europa League final.
GORDON PARKS: It’s a tough call as Rangers are still fine tuning for the new campaign against a side which is more than capable of inflicting damage. A draw would represent a positive result.
2. HOW WILL DUNDEE UNITED FARE AGAINST AZ ALKMAAR?
ANDY: Jack Ross has made some smart signings since taking over at Tannadice but I fear the match-up with the Dutch side could come too soon for his team.
CRAIG: Tough ask for the Tangerines. The Dutch are clearly favourites.
United have nothing to lose and a win at Tannadice would be a brilliant effort.
FRASER: This is a real barometer of where our top clubs outside Old Firm currently stand. Beating a side that finished fifth in the Eredivisie should be achievable for United. I can see a score draw setting up a tough test in Holland next week.
Three things we learned as Rangers suffer VAR controversy in major Champions League setback
The Light Blues were over in Belgium for their Champions League third round qualifier first leg against Union Saint-Gilloise and it was a tough night for Rangers. The Light Blues are desperate to reach the group stages of this competition, just like Celtic have, but they made hard work of the first leg. A slow first half did them no favours and eventually they went into the break behind through a Teddy Teuma strike, having created next to nothing in attack at the other end.
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GORDON: The Dutch side are a step up in class from the average Premiership fare for United and it could prove a step up too far.
The experience which is in the Tannadice side this season could be key and they are capable of springing a surprise.
3. HIBS AND HEARTS TAKE OPENING DAY WINS INTO SUNDAY’S DERBY. HOW WILL IT GO?
ANDY: Hibs will be relieved to get theircampaign off and running with their McDiarmid win after a shambolic pre-season but Hearts are full of confidence after last year’s impressive campaign. They should have enough to nick a win at Easter Road.
CRAIG: Both teams needed rub of the green to win on day one. Hearts,
though, looked creative in their second period against Ross County and are the most-likely winners at Easter Road.
FRASER: Hearts are settled and have added shrewdly to last year’s squad which exceeded expectations.are very much in transition. I’m going for a Hearts win in Leith.
C1: The Saint-Gilloise Union shocks the Rangers, Benfica Etrille Midtjylland
© supplied by Sofoot The dream of Saint-Gilles is still alive. Delochered in Heverlee, where the Oh Louvain plays, since its Joseph Marien stadium is not approved, the Union Saint-Gilloise has not done lace for its return to the European Cup for almost 64 years , and can really hope to discover the Champions League. Opposed to the Rangers, the number 10 checked the operations to win 2-0, while leaving possession (sterile) to its guests.
GORDON: Hearts took an age to get into their stride against Ross County before coming good and Hibs are still finding their feet so it could well be a share of the spoils.
4. VAR CONTROVERSY. SHOULD WE WAIT UNTIL STARTY OF NEXT SEASON TO INTRODUCE IT AS OPPOSED TO MID-SEASON?
ANDY: Ideally yes but given our officials’ unfortunate habit of getting things wrong, it’s a case of better late than never.
CRAIG: It’s a viable argument. However, surely it’s better to get as many decisions right as possible, so mid-season is better than not at all.
FRASER: VAR is only going to increase the controversy and debate surrounding decisions when it’s supposed to do the opposite. That’s already happened and it’s not even here yet. Just bring it in asap.
GORDON: We shouldn’t bring it in at all. It’s a passion killer and human error is a key fabric of the game and many an argument down the pub.
Rangers' Champions League foes Union Saint-Gilloise suffer domestic nightmare ahead of Ibrox trip .
The Belgian outfit bring a two-goal lead to Ibrox this upcoming midweek with a spot in the Champions League play-off round up for grabs but they suffered a thumping ahead of the return clash.The Belgian outfit inflicted a two-nil defeat on Giovanni van Bronckhorst's men during the week in the first meeting of their third qualifying round clash. However, while the Light Blues ran out 2-0 winners over Kilmarnock to maintain their 100 per cent start to the new Premiership season, their Euro rivals were hammered 3-0 on the road at K.V. Mechelen.