RANGERS are back in European action at Ibrox tonight and we’ve pulled together these fast facts all about it.
- Rangers could have been drawn against a club from 27 different European countries in the first qualifying round of the Europa League. Gers have only previously played a competitive European fixture in twelve of these countries – Bulgaria, Faroe Isles, Finland, Hungary, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia
- Out of the 50 teams that Rangers could have drawn in the first qualifying round in the competition, they have only previously met one of them in competitive action –FK Zeta Golubovci of Montenegro, who were beaten 3-0 on aggregate in the second qualifying round of the Champions League in 2007.
- Rangers will also be looking to end a run of five successive home games without a victory (four draws, one defeat) in UEFA Cup/Europa League tonight. The last home victory in this competition came against Werder Bremen in March 2008 when goals from Daniel Cousin and Steven Davis gave Rangers a 2-0 win.
- In total, out of the 55 countries currently under the UEFA umbrella, Rangers have yet to play a competitive fixture in 20. Among these are Albania, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Iceland, Luxembourg and Wales.
- Rangers have played 46 matches in the various incarnations of the Europa League at Ibrox, winning 29 and drawing 13. Only three visiting teams have won at Ibrox in this competition – Strasbourg in 1997, Auxerre in 2004 and, most recently, PSV in 2011.
Read more Fast Facts in tonight’s match programme which you can read details about and download onto your mobile device now.
TONIGHT’S Europa League matchday programme is available to buy at Ibrox or online with our new digital version wherever you are in the world.
For the first home game of the 2017/18 season against Progrès Niederkorn of Luxembourg, manager Pedro Caixinha and captain Lee Wallace look ahead to the club’s return to European football in their programme columns and tonight’s issue also includes the following:
- Chairman’s Welcome from Dave King
- First-team interview with right back James Tavernier
- Jonatan Johansson picks his best XI from players he played with in ‘My Top Team’
- Managing Director Stewart Robertson on the club’s new director of football, Mark Allen
- Exclusive interviews with former Rangers stars Barry Ferguson and Thomas Buffel
- The Last Word with John Brown
PLUS there’s the lowdown on the club’s summer signings so far, a tricky quiz to test your football knowledge, Journo’s View, On This Day, club historian David Mason, Andy Cameron, Snapshot and Junior Gers.
All this and so much more will be in tonight’s official Rangers v Progrès Niederkorn programme, price just £3.50. Don’t miss it!
The matchday programme is available to purchase now online on your chosen mobile platform from the following links: