Rangers must undertake in the dark arts to upset Royal Antwerp striker Lamkel Ze in their crucial Europa League clash, according to Dieter Van Tornhout.

The Light Blues take a 4-3 advantage over their Belgian counterparts into Thursday night and will hope to complete the job with consummate ease at Ibrox.

Their task could be made more difficult, though, by the return of Antwerp’s key striking ace Ze who was suspended for the reverse fixture.


He is a controversial figure at the club after attempting to force a move away in January but is clearly a striker of immense quality as evidenced by his run of four goals in his last five starts.

Ze will be integral to Antwerp’s slim chances of sneaking through but former Kilmarnock striker Van Tornhout, who scored the winner in a League Cup final v Celtic in 2012 before leaving to join Antwerp, says the Cameroon international is a hot-head who can be got at.

He told Record Sport: “He is an incredible player but is crazy in the head. He loses the plot on so many occasions. As a defender, you just need to go mental with him.

“Rangers defenders should be trying to wind him up, saying things like ‘you’re not a good footballer’ which happens all the time in football.

“Maybe that way they will get a reaction from him but the other side is that if he can put everything aside and have a good day then it’s the Rangers defenders who will have a problem.

“He’s just an unpredictable character but he has no fear and will thrive on a stage like Ibrox. He isn’t fazed by anything – he will look to show the world what he can do.”


Route to victory

It remains to be seen whether Steven Gerrard will issue his players with special instructions for Ze but they must be wary of his presence on the field.

The Gers defence allowed Felipe Avenatti to score in the first-leg for his first goal of the season so they will certainly have to hold firmer against a striker in red-hot form.

Gerrard might well be served instructing his players to wind Ze up.

Antwerp did the Gers little favours when Lior Refaelov went down easily under the challenge of Steven Davis to win a penalty last week so morality in terms of gamesmanship has gone out of the window.

This is a win (or draw) by all means necessary mission and one that will ensure this season does not peter out into relative nothingness.

We’ve known title number 55 has been wrapped up for a long time – now is the opportunity to ensure there is an exciting conclusion to the current campaign.

If our Old Firm rivals weren’t prepared to give us one in the league, we’ll make our own in Europe.

In other Rangers news, Antwerp striker suffers injury setback ahead of Ibrox clash.


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