Former Dundee United midfielder Ryan Gauld has predicted that Rangers will overcome SC Braga in their Europa League Round of 32 double-header.
The Gers host the Portuguese side having previously registered a win and a draw against FC Porto in the group stage of the competition.
And Gauld, who has played in Portugal since 2014 – except for a brief loan spell with Hibernian last year – believes that those results are a credible marker of what Steven Gerrard’s men can do against their visitors on Thursday evening.
Speaking to Bola Branca, the 24-year-old said: “They drew at the Dragao and won at home.
“They defend very well and have a lot of quality. It’s very difficult for any team to go to Ibrox and I think Rangers will go through.
“The stadium will be full with around 50,000 fans and it will be very difficult for Braga.”
How much can we take from Gauld’s comments?
Well, truthfully, he probably knows a whole lot more about Braga than the rest of us do.
Having played in Portugal for half a decade now, you would assume that the one-time prodigy would know a thing or two about a team who are currently third in the top flight.
Moreover, he’s clearly not playing to an audience either.
He’s speaking to a Portuguese outlet, and if he was trying to placate the readership then he would surely edge his bets by backing the Portuguese side.
Let’s just hope that his premonition comes to fruition.
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