Rangers face Standard Liege at Ibrox in the Europa League on Thursday, with the Gers able to seal their progress to the knockout stages with a win.

A victory would guarantee their place in the next round but a draw could be enough if results elsewhere go their way.

Ahead of the match Steven Gerrard has plenty of selection decisions to make, with a tough away trip to Ross County scheduled for Sunday.


Here are three players with plenty to prove against the Belgian side.

Bongani Zungu

The South African made just his second appearance for the club against Falkirk last weekend and Gerrard will surely be desperate to get more football into his legs. Since arriving at the club in October, COVID-19 restrictions and injury have limited his availability and the boss will need him match fit as his team enters the busy Christmas period.


Zungu impressed against Falkirk, completing 87% of his passes and 100% of his dribbles (via Wyscout) before being withdrawn on 71 minutes, which suggests the boss had one eye on Thursday.

Leon Balogun

Preferred to Filip Helander in recent weeks, things were suddenly looking up for the Nigerian international. Helander has since been ruled out with COVID-19 though and the pressure is now on for the 32-year-old to show he can be a consistent regular in the side, rather than a rotation piece.


Calvin Bassey started at centre-back against Falkirk and impressed, so that gives Gerrard another option, but until Helander becomes available again, Balogun has the chance to prove he is the best partner for Connor Goldson.

Ryan Jack

The Scotland international has been outstanding for club and country this season but such is the competition in the Rangers squad, he will want a big performance against Standard Liege. The 28-year-old missed out against Benfica due to injury and saw Scott Arfield impress in his place alongside Steven Davis and Glen Kamara.


Provided he is fit to play, Jack can regain his starting place with a dominant display but will be aware of the other names pushing for his spot.

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