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Rangers vs Sparta Prague: Europa League preview, team news, stats, kick-off


Crew news and stats ahead of Rangers vs Sparta Prague in the Europa League team phase on Thursday kick-off 8pm.

Group news

New Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst says his gamers will be perfectly organized for their Europa League showdown with Sparta Prague at Ibrox on Thursday.

The Dutchman, who labored with his squad for the first time on Tuesday, said: “I feel they are completely ready. It is really a new get started for them as properly with me coming in as the new supervisor. Of training course, we are disappointed with the weekend (dropping to Hibernian), but all we do is glance positively to tomorrow (Thursday).

“They worked hard and they looked refreshing and sharp. We are properly well prepared for the game and will go for a fantastic outcome because we want to nonetheless be in Europe following Christmas.”

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Rangers supervisor Giovanni Van Bronckhorst says enhancing as a crew starts off with tightening up at the back again

Van Bronckhorst only achieved his squad for the very first time on Tuesday, but he has promised that there will be variations, both of those in conditions of staff and practices.

He said: “It is a incredibly quick time – only two times to prepare with the gamers. But I imagine they can currently sense the things I want to alter and what is wanted to grow to be productive yet again. Not only on the pitch, but also the way we behave as a staff and the way we have to be ready mentally.

“You can not do anything in two times. I have to have a lot more time. But phase by action, I am certain the players will fully grasp the way I function and the way I want to enjoy.

“I have specified approaches of actively playing in opposition to various methods. But you will see a team tomorrow in the process I like to play. It will be a diverse procedure against Prague than it was versus Hibs (in the 3-1 defeat on Sunday). You will absolutely see some improvements.”

Rangers will however be devoid of defender Filip Helander (knee) and midfielder Nnamdi Ofoborh (heart issue), even though Kemar Roofe is doubtful following picking up a knock though on international responsibility, which pressured him to overlook the defeat versus Hibernian.

Alfredo Morelos and Trend Sakala are the two one particular booking away from a suspension, nevertheless with this becoming such an crucial match for Rangers, the pair are equally in rivalry.

Sparta Prague will be with out Lukas Julis (groin), Casper Hojer (calf), Filip Soucek (knee), Matej Polidar (muscle) and Ondrej Celustka (knee) owing to damage, whilst David Moberg Karlsson and Ladislav Krejci are unavailable via sickness.

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Group A – Condition of play

Rangers are nevertheless in with a opportunity of qualifying for the knockout round play-offs but can not qualify straight to the final 16.

The Glasgow club will seal second place if they gain their past two online games, with the final group match away at Lyon on December 9.

Opta stats

  • The last time Rangers hosted Sparta Prague for a European match, they gained 2-1 in extra-time in the European Cup in October 1991 thanks to two aims from Stuart McCall.
  • Sparta Prague have won six of their final seven UEFA European matches from Scottish opposition (D1), beating Airdrieonians (x2), Heart of Midlothian, Celtic (x2) and Rangers.
  • Including qualifiers, Rangers have only gained two of their very last 10 European matches (D3 L5), owning gained 9 of their former 11 beforehand (D2).
  • Sparta Prague have only won three of their previous 13 UEFA Europa League matches (D2 L8) but all a few have been from Scottish opponents – two in opposition to Celtic in November 2020 and after in opposition to Rangers on MD2 this time.
  • Only a few gamers – Munas Dubbur (17), Bruno Fernandes (16) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (14) – have scored much more UEFA Europa League objectives due to the fact the start out of the 2018-19 campaign than Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos (11).

All the vital Europa League dates

Spherical of 16: March 10 & 17 2022
Quarter-finals: April 7 & 14 2022
Semi-finals: April 28 & Might 5 2022
Ultimate: Might 18 2022 (Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, Seville)





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