December 26

Rangers vs Rapid Wien: Europa League preview and confirmed team news

first_img 2 on target Rapid beat Spartak Moscow in their own Europa League opener, but since then manager Goran Djuricin has been sacked with the club sitting in the bottom half of the Austrian Bundesliga; they’ve won just two of their nine matches so far, losing four.Rangers followed up their draw in Spain by thrashing St Johnstone and Ayr, though they head into Thursday’s clash on the back of a shock 1-0 defeat at Livingston, which kept Steven Gerrard’s side eight points off top spot in the Scottish Premiership. Team newsRangers will be without Lee Wallace, as well as long-term absentee Jamie Murphy. Ryan Jack is a doubt as he recovers from a calf injury. Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo and Philipp Schobesberger will miss out for the visitors.Confirmed line-upsRangers: McGregor, Tavernier, Worrall, Goldson, Flanagan, Arfield, Coulibaly, Ejaria, Kent, Morelos, Candeias.Subs: Foderingham, Halliday, Katic, Barisic, Grezda, Lafferty, Middleton.Rapid Vienna: Strebinger, Muldur, Barac, Sonnleitner, Potzmann, Schwab, Ivan, Murg, Ljubicic, Berisha, Pavlovic.Subs: Knoflach, Bolingoli Mbombo, Martic, Dibon, Auer, Knasmullner, Alar. Rapid Wien will be knocked off top spot of their Europa League group if Rangers secure a home win over the Austrains on Thursday evening.The Gers began their European campaign with a super 2-2 draw against Villarreal, and they take on current Group G leaders Rapid with the Austrian side in crisis. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman center_img Latest Europa League news 2 What the managers are sayingSteven Gerrard (Rangers): “We expect a very strong Rapid team having just appointed a new manager. It is a difficult one to judge as the new manager as only had one training session so we are unsure what to expect. We respect this team but we are looking for a win tomorrow. This is a level that we all want to be involved in and to show Rapid how good a team we are at home.”Dietmar Kuhbauer (Rapid Wien): “For me, of course, it’s a huge story to be at the Ibrox Stadium for my first match in charge. However, you can not expect any miracles right now, so let us get to know our players first.” Kuhbauer was appointed Rapid manager earlier this week last_img read more