Michael Owen has predicted Rangers to beat Lech Poznan in their final Europa League group stage match in Poland on Thursday night.

Steven Gerrard’s men will make their way to Stadion Miejski this week knowing that victory will secure them top spot in their group.

If the Gers do not win against Lech Poznan, a result that matches or is better than Benfica’s result against Standard Liege will also see them finish as group winners.


Winning the group could secure Rangers an easier tie in their first knock-out match as it means they will either play a Europa League group runner-up or one of Krasnodar, Red Bull Salzburg, Olympiakos and Dynamo Kyiv.

Ahead of the game, former Liverpool striker Owen, who played alongside Gerrard, has tipped his old Anfield team-mate to succeed on Thursday in Poland.

“Rangers secured progress into the next round with a home win against Standard Liege on Matchday 5. The Gers are undefeated so far in the competition, and a win here will secure top spot in the group,” said Owen on the BetVictor website.

“Lech Poznan lost all chance of qualification last week. Therefore, manager Dariusz Żuraw has confirmed he will make some changes to his starting XI.

“Rangers won the corresponding fixture in Glasgow 1-0, and I think Steven Gerrard’s men will have more than enough to take the points home.”


Rangers must improve on last Poznan display

Rangers may have won against Lech Poznan at Ibrox in October but it was not the most convincing of performances.

Alfredo Morelos’ second-half strike was enough to secure a 1-0 win but the Gers will have to play far better if they want to win in Poland.

According to stats by WyScout, Rangers had 13 shots on goal in that match and only three hit the target. They also allowed Lech to have 10 shots – only Benfica have managed more than that in a game against the Gers [11] since.

Morelos showed his ability to step up when it matters most in that game.

Let’s hope the Colombian isn’t the only one who shines in this fixture.

In other Rangers news, two Gers players have been ruled out of the Poznan clash while one forward is a doubt.


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