ONCE again, the international break is upon us, and Rangers have a variety of players away with their respective nations at a variety of different levels.
Here’s our preview of every Rangers player’s games to be played over the next week…
*All times UK BST
Nigeria: Joe Aribo
Tuesday 10 September: Ukraine v Nigeria – International Friendly – 19:30
Joe joins up with the Nigeria squad for the first time following his strong start to life as a Rangers player. They face Ukraine in a friendly match in Dnipro next Tuesday, and he could feature in midfield next to the likes of Wilfred Ndidi and Alex Iwobi.
Croatia: Borna Barisic
Friday 6 September: Slovakia v Croatia – Euro 2020 Qualifier – 19:45
Monday 9 September: Azerbaijan v Croatia – Euro 2020 Qualifier – 17:00
Once again, Borna makes the full Croatia squad for their two crucial UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers. The Croatians have six points from their opening three matches, and currently sit third in Group E, with the top two teams in the group qualifying.
Northern Ireland: Steven Davis
Thursday 5 September: Northern Ireland v Luxembourg – International Friendly – 19:45
Monday 9 September: Northern Ireland v Germany – Euro 2020 Qualifier – 19:45
Thursday’s friendly with Luxembourg is followed by a huge match with 2014 World Champions Germany at Windsor Park on Monday. Northern Ireland top Group C following home and away wins over Estonia and Belarus, and now face the Germans and the Netherlands home and away across the next three international windows for a place in next summer’s tournament.
Sweden: Filip Helander
Thursday 5 September: Faroe Islands v Sweden – Euro 2020 Qualifier – 19:45
Sunday 8 September: Sweden v Norway – Euro 2020 Qualifier – 19:45
Sweden are level on points with second-placed Romania in Group F, with all nations there having played four games so far. Spain top that section on 12 points so far, and the Swedes will look at these two fixtures at the Faroes and home to neighbours Norway as a huge opportunity to reach next summer’s tournament.
Scotland: Ryan Jack
Friday 6 September: Scotland v Russia – Euro 2020 Qualifier – 19:45
Monday 9 September: Scotland v Belgium – Euro 2020 Qualifier – 19:45
Fourth in Group I, Scotland have work to do if they are to use this route to qualify for the Euros. Three points behind second-placed Russia and six behind first-placed Belgium, the Scots are getting set to face both nations at Hampden this weekend in a massive double-header.
Finland: Glen Kamara
Thursday 5 September: Finland v Greece – Euro 2020 Qualifier – 19:45
Sunday 8 September: Finland v Italy – Euro 2020 Qualifier – 19:45
Glen’s Finland have begun well in their attempts to qualify with nine points from four matches in Group J- indeed, their only defeat so far came away to Italy. Both the Italians and Greece are in Helsinki this week as they attempt to qualify for their first-ever major tournament.
Scotland: Stephen Kelly, Robby McCrorie, Ross McCrorie, Glenn Middleton, Kieran Wright
Thursday 5 September: Scotland v San Marino – Euro Under-21 Qualifier – 19:30
Tuesday 10 September: Croatia v Scotland – Euro Under-21 Qualifier – 19:00
Scotland haven’t qualified for the UEFA Euro under-21 Championships since 1996, and begin their quest to overcome that long wait with no-less than five Rangers players in tow. The Scots have a strong-looking squad with many players playing first-team football, and as well as San Marino and the Croatians, Group 4 holds the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Greece.
Northern Ireland: Cammy Palmer
Friday 6 September: Northern Ireland v Malta – Euro Under-21 Qualifier – 19:30
Tuesday 10 September: Finland v Northern Ireland – Euro Under-21 Qualifier – 17:00
Northern Ireland get their UEFA Euro under-21 qualifying campaign underway with this double-header. The Ulstermen have never qualified for the Under-21 Championships.
Scotland: Nathan Paterson, Dapo Mebude
Thursday 5 September: Scotland v Japan – International Friendly – 12pm
Monday 9 September: Scotland v Japan – International Friendly – 11am
Scotland face two warm-up matches with Japan in Murcia before their Euro Under-19 qualifiers begin next month.
Northern Ireland: Danny Finlayson, Kyle McClelland, Chris McKee
Tuesday 3 September: Northern Ireland v Faroe Islands – International Friendly – 7pm
Thursday 5 September: Northern Ireland v Faroe Islands – International Friendly – 1pm
Northern Ireland face two warm-up matches with the Faroes in Dungannon and Newry before their Euro Under-19 qualifiers begin next month.