Rangers found out who they’re playing in the Round of 16 Europa League clash, after spanking Antwerp 5-2.
Their reward is a double-header against Slavia Prague with the prize a place in the quarter-finals of the competition.
It’s not the hardest tie that Rangers could have got, with Man United v Milan the plumb tie in the Round of 16.
And Kris Boyd thinks that Rangers now have a very real chance of making the last eight.
However, it won’t be easy. Slavia Prague got their name in the hat after knocking out Leicester on Thursday.
Talking on Sky Sports (Sky Sports News, midday), Kris Boyd said, “It’s one we’ll be looking forward to. We saw Sparta thrash Celtic home and away and they’re second in the table behind Slavia.
“It will be one Steven Gerrard is looking forward to. There are no easy games but Rangers are more than capable of making the next step.
“It’s one of the ones that Steven Gerrard would have looked at and said if we can get them it gives us an opportunity to get to the last eight.
“I’m not taking anything for granted but it gives us a chance. [The first leg] is away from home, if you can nick an away goal you’ve got a chance, but we can’t concede the goals that we did last time.”
Real chance of the quarters now
Talking on Sky Sports on Friday (Sky Sports News, midday), Kris Boyd said that “Rangers will fancy themselves against anyone” but hoped they would avoid the English teams.
That happened and Slavia Prague is a pretty good draw considering the names in the hat.
However, the shock result that saw Leicester crash out against our next opponents shows that anything can happen in a knockout cup format.
Rangers fans might have been worried about the number of goals shipped in the Round of 32 tie but we should focus on the fact that we scored nine goals.
That’s a phenomenal achievement and we know that we can tighten up at the back. An away goal will be huge.
That won’t be easy. Slavia Prague are ahead of Sparta in the league and they thrashed Celtic home and away.
But then, Ross County beat Celtic. Rangers will pose a much tougher test.
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