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It’s a big game at Ibrox in the Europa League as Rangers look for six out of six points

The Europa League is back at Ibrox with group stage action between Rangers and Lech Poznan

Steven Gerrard’s men have been in an unusual situation in Europe in recent years where they are arguably the favorites to win the match

Normally these are underdogs and it will be fascinating to see how this change is handled by Ibrox boss and his players

Lech Poznan are visitors to Glasgow and could have former Celtic defender Thomas Rogne in their squad

The Polish side did not have the best start last week, with Benfica 4-2 winners, while Rangers took a 2-0 away victory in Belgium against Standard Liege

Kemar Roofe scored a boost that night and comes in from the start for Alfredo Morelos who is on the bench for the second game in a row

Gerrard has named new boy Bongani Zungu to the bench, though he’s unlikely to see much action given his recent return from a 14-day quarantine

Skipper James Tavernier has nine goals this season and, as usual, they will be key to how Rangers get along at Ibrox

It wasn’t that long ago that you’d be hard pressed to pick eleven players who were fit enough to wear the Rangers jersey

These days, Steven Gerrard seems to have a hard time choosing eleven players, and he faces another dilemma when Lech Poznan heads to Ibrox on Thursday night.

After making five changes when Rangers faced Livingston on Sunday, he will definitely have to make it on Thursday, with Jermain Defoe not included in the Europa League squad

At least six players on the squad are almost guaranteed to play, with Allan McGregor in goal and all four of James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Filip Helander and Borna Barisic – so fit – all set to start

Barisic was on the bench against Livi with Calvin Bassey replacing him after the Croatian took a hit against Standard Liège

And that angle from RangersTV makes it even better The way he looks up to see where the goalie is before he hits him is superb

Tom Culshaw insists Lech Poznan will be a tough test for Rangers in their Europa League clash at Ibrox

The Polish squad travel to Glasgow and Rangers coach Culshaw insists his team do not take them lightly, even though many Rangers see Rangers as comfortable favorites

They’ll make a good team When you get to this stage in the Europa League, every team you go up against is a good team

We watched them from the draw even in the last round when they played against Benfica it was a close game It was 3-2 for most of the game then they conceded another goal late in added time They put in a good performance so we have to be ready for them In possession they have good players we need to be aware of Out of possession they are organized and well drilled

There is no doubt that the current Rangers team is at odds with the one Steven Gerrard inherited

Chances are, if they keep the form they have displayed so far at home and abroad, they will

Not that Gerrard is one of the fanciful predictions He’s way too long in the tooth to surpass himself

After watching Lech Poznan fight Benfica in his Europa League opener, before scoring a goal in added time to lose 4-2, he’s certainly not taking anything for granted

Still, his squad’s consistency – especially on the European playing field where they’ve lost just five of 36 games under his leadership – should reassure him that their own victory on opening night in Belgium can be equaled to Ibrox

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Rangers got off to the best possible start in the Europa League this season last week with a victory at Standard de Liège

The 2-0 victory at the Maurice Dufrasne stadium scored a wonderful goal from Keemar Roofe to grab all three points in Belgium as Steven Gerrard looks to a better campaign in Europe this season and the Scottish Premiership title

They welcome the Polish Lech Poznan who definitely marked the competition They gave Benfica a run for their money by coming back from behind twice before the Portuguese team emerged victorious 4-2

Poznan thanked Mikael Ishak for his two goals at Stadion Miejski Poznan and a repeat at Ibrox is 25/1

Steven Davis admitted he wasn’t sure what effect the lockdown would have on his season, but he’s thrilled with the way things are going so far

The 35-year-old first experienced an extended absence from the game he loves when football was closed from March to August

And it’s clear he wasn’t sure what impact the break would have on his ability to produce on the pitch

But with the midfielder playing as well as ever in the Ibrox engine room, he looks back on the break and the following preseason with satisfaction from a job well done

He’s also delighted to see the return of players like Ryan Jack and Joe Aribo after injury and stressed that the resulting strength only makes the Rangers stronger for the challenges ahead.

READ MORE: Steven Davis admits banished Rangers worry about lockdown return as star identifies key to return force

And welcome to our live blog as Rangers welcome Lech Poznan to the Europa League

It should be an uphill battle at Ibrox with Steven Gerrard’s men looking for two out of two wins after beating Standard Liege last week

Lech, meanwhile, is looking for his first point after a 4-2 loss to Benfica last Thursday

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World news – GB – Rangers vs Lech Poznan – live updates


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