Lech Poznan manager Dariusz Zuraw has admitted that he is likely to field a weakened team against Rangers when the sides meet on Thursday.
Against Poznan, the Gers need to match or better the result that Benfica achieve against Standard Liege to secure top spot in their Europa League group.
Zuraw has admitted that his side are focusing on a title challenge and are likely to ‘rest more players’ for Thursday’s game.
Zuraw is quoted by the Daily Record as saying, “I took the decision to use some of the other players after consultation with the medical staff and the other coaches. Over the course of the season, it will prove to be right.
“Against Rangers, it’s very likely we will do the same thing and rest more players. Yes, the Europa League is important, but we are out and there are many other matches. Our aim is to challenge for the title and we need the players fresh later in the season.”
Poznan currently sit in seventh position in the Polish Ekstraklasa and are 10 points behind leaders Legia Warsaw but Zuraw’s side have a game in hand.
Rangers struggled to break down Poznan when the sides met at Ibrox with a late Alfredo Morelos header proving to be the difference in the Gers’ eventual 1-0 win.
The Polish side had plenty of chances of their own and a full-strength side could cause Steven Gerrard’s side some problems when the sides meet again at Stadion Miejski.
Gerrard could rest some of his players as well with the Gers already in the hat for the knockout stages of the Europa League but he will still want to keep his side’s winning momentum going.
With Poznan fielding a weakened team it will give the Rangers boss more licence to rest some of the players who are yet to have a substantial break this season such as Connor Goldson or James Tavernier.
Both defenders have started every game for the Gers this season and while they are vital players, they could both use a rest and Thursday’s game could be the ideal opportunity to rest these key men.
Finishing top of the group would be beneficial to the Gers as it means they will avoid the teams who drop into the Europa League from the Champions League, so perhaps we will see Gerrard deploy a strong 11.
In other Rangers news, Gerrard has made a prediction about his side’s moves in the January transfer window.