Ibrox favourite Giovanni van Bronckhorst believes that home form will determine how far Rangers will go in the Europa League this season.

The Gers have been in unbeatable form in Europe this year and dropped points for the first time in the competition in their last game against Benfica.

Rangers will look to better the result of their 3-3 draw in Portugal when they welcome Benfica to Ibrox next week.

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The former Rangers man believes that Ibrox is still an intimidating stadium without fans and claimed it can help the Gers go ‘far’ in the Europa League.

Van Bronckhorst told Record Sport, “They’ve been very impressive in Europe. Ibrox is never an easy place to go and teams will find it hard to get a result there even without the fans.

“If Rangers can make the most of their home form I can see them going far in the competition.”

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Until Rangers travelled to Estadio da Luz they had a 100% record in the Europa League and that record would still be intact if Filip Helander didn’t make two crucial mistakes in the closing stages of the game.

A draw away at a European giant such as Benfica is nothing to be ashamed of however and it will boost confidence that the Gers can go one better at Ibrox and pick up three points.

Steven Gerrard’s side will be looking to improve on last season’s showing in Europe where the Gers reached the round of 16 before being knocked out by Bayern Leverkusen.

It was a disappointing defeat but it showed just how far Rangers have come over Gerrard and the Gers boss will have one eye on Europe despite the task of regaining the Scottish title being the priority this season.

In other Rangers news, the SFA have announced the punishment for the Gers pair that broke COVID regulations to go to a party. 

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