Ibrox Exclusive: McLeish claims Rangers could have 'good advantage' over Gala for one big reason
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Alex McLeish has claimed that an empty Ibrox could well be an advantage for Rangers in their European tie with Turkish side Galatasaray.
Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, the former Gers boss has claimed that the Turkish side’s players won’t be used to playing in Europe with no crowds, and this could give Rangers the edge.
He thinks it will be a tough test for Gers and for Gerrard, though.
Steven Gerrard’s side will take on Galatasaray at an empty Ibrox on Thursday, with a place in the Europa League group stage at stake.
Going into the game off the back of a 5-1 win against Motherwell and a big victory against Willem II last week, Rangers will go into the game with confidence.
Galatasaray travel to Glasgow boasting an unbeaten start to their new season in all competitions, and with big-name players like Arda Turan and Radamel Falcao as part of their squad.
It will be Rangers’ toughest test so far this season, but McLeish says the lack of a ‘party’ atmosphere will benefit the Gers.
Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said: “The Turkish teams love the interaction of fans and they love nothing more than a big party and flares and everything going off.
“But they will be playing in an atmosphere with no fans and that could be a good advantage for Rangers.
“I was talking about this yesterday and speaking about Galatasaray and all the other Istanbul-based teams – who are all very strong.
“They really thrive on the crowd, though, so again it could be an advantage to Rangers.
It won’t be an easy game, though. This will be a tough test for Gerrard.”
Rangers have won both of their Europa League games this season, beating Lincoln Red Imps and Willem II 5-0 and 4-0 respectively, and Gerrard will want to make sure this record continues on Thursday night.