Tam McManus has suggested that Rangers could reach the last eight of the Europa League this season.
Reacting to the Europa League draw that took place on Monday, on PLZ Soccer’s The Football Show, the BBC Sport pundit claimed that the Gers could progress far into the competition if the draws continue to work in their favour, saying: “I always felt that if Rangers could get a fortunate draw, they can get into the last eight of the tournament. There is no doubt about it.
“There are a lot of teams in there that I fancy Rangers to beat.
“There are ones they want to avoid, don’t get me wrong, but they have managed to avoid them in this round. I think they will go through that tie without any problem at all and try and get lucky in the next round as well.”
Steven Gerrard’s side were drawn away to Royal Antwerp in the Round of 32 and will need to beat the Belgian side over two legs if they are to at least match last season’s record of getting into the last 16.
Rangers topped Group D, giving them an ‘easier’ draw in the next round, but Royal Antwerp will prove to be no pushovers after registering 12 points in the group stages.
Luck of the draw
Rangers can only control what they do on the pitch and the draw against Royal Antwerp does give them an excellent opportunity to progress into the next round.
Celtic defender Jack Hendry, who is currently on loan in Belgian, has tipped the side to cause Rangers problem in the Europa League.
However, with the Gers in such strong form, they will surely fancy their chances of progressing into the next round.
As per WhoScored, Rangers have scored 15 goals across in their last five games across all competitions, conceding just three.
Gerrard has been reaffirming Rangers’ winning mentality in the media this week and if the club can maintain that through the new year and into the knockout rounds of the Europa League, they have every chance of progressing.
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