By Ben Wild

20th Feb, 2021 | 7:30pm

Premier League teams want to avoid Rangers in EL - TalkSPORT host

Jason Cundy insists English clubs will want to avoid Rangers in the knockout stages of this season’s Europa League. 

The Gers got their knockout campaign off to a winning start on Thursday as they battled to an impressive 4-3 victory over Royal Antwerp.

The former Chelsea defender lauded Rangers’ performances in Europe and Scotland this season as ‘truly astonishing’ while admitting Premier League clubs will be hoping to avoid Steven Gerrard’s side should they progress.

“Their performances, not just in Scotland, but their performances in Europe have been truly astonishing,” Cundy admitted on TalkSPORT.

“They conceded a penalty just on half-time, it’s one of the weakest penalties you will see, but in the modern game now any contact on the ankle they’ll go down and get the penalty.

“It’s another brilliant result [v Antwerp]. English clubs will be looking at them and be thinking ‘I’d rather avoid them right now’.

“I’d love to see Rangers up against a Premier League side and knock them out.”

Rangers have put themselves into a good position to progress as they take a one-goal lead and the away goal advantage into the second leg.

Should Gerrard’s side progress, Manchester United, Tottenham, Leicester and Arsenal could meet them in the next round.

We would’ve met the Gunners instead of Antwerp if we had finished second in our group but the wait for a game against a Premier League side continues.

These games will no doubt be challenging but we have proved that we can challenge against good sides this season and we will certainly be one of the teams these clubs look to avoid if we all make it through.

To succeed in Europe you have to beat the best and we will come up against better opposition sooner or later.

Let’s just hope we are still in the pot before worrying who we could come up against in the latter stages.

In other Rangers news, these Gers fans are split over the potential signing of a former Ibrox star.