By Mike Slater

16th Feb, 2021 | 7:00pm

Ian Durrant & Derek Ferguson predict Rangers clash v Royal Antwerp

Ian Durrant and Derek Ferguson have predicted the upcoming Europa League clash against Rangers and Royal Antwerp on Thursday evening.

The Bears travel to Belgium in the first-leg of their round-of-32 clash, and only Durrant has backed them to leave with a lead.

Ferguson has backed the Gers to return to Glasgow on level terms in a well-battled 1-1 draw at Bosuilstadion this week.

Speaking on the Blues Brothers podcast, Ferguson claimed that the Gers will need to be switched on more defensively in Belgium.

“1-1,” he said. “Because, you’ve done your homework, I looked at the players, they’ve not got any young, they’re an experienced side.

“They play quite defensive, quite solid. They don’t play a normal European game, they look to get forward a little quicker, so we need to be switched on.”

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Durrant disagreed with that prediction and backed the Bears to leave the first-leg with a lead before welcoming Antwerp back to Ibrox.

“It will be a hard game, I usually go for a Rangers clean-sheet but I’ll go for 2-1 to Rangers.”

Antwerp have come into a good run of form recently, and have been unbeaten in their previous four games in Belgium, including a 1-1 draw at Standard Liege on Sunday.

Rangers bounced back from that disappointing draw at Hamilton by sweeping aside Kilmarnock over the weekend and will want to continue that in Europe.

Alfredo Morelos will return and should go straight back into the side after his impressive run of scoring in European games for the Gers.

Steven Gerrard will be happy coming back with the minimum of a draw but would be delighted to come back having won and in a real power position.

In other Rangers news, our predicted starting XI for the Europa League tie with Antwerp