Rangers will play SK Slavia Prague in the Europa League round of 16 after they were drawn against the Czech side during Friday’s draw.
The draw was made at 12pm as Gers fans found out just who they would be playing in the round of 16 this year.
This is the same stage of the competition Steven Gerrard’s men made it to last season with the Gers manager looking to take his side even further this time around.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) February 26, 2021
There was no seeding for the draw unlike the previous round so any of the other 15 teams could’ve been drawn against the Light Blues.
Slavia made it to the last 16 by beating Leicester City on Thursday night following last week’s 0-0 draw in the Czech Republic.
On paper, a team who have just beaten the high flying Foxes would be cause for concern but this is not the case.
On Thursday, Leicester didn’t show up and Slavia took their chances as the scoreline fails to represent the true nature of the match.
According to SofaScore, Leicester had more possession and more shots than the visitors as Slavia produced a smash and grab performance.
They defended well against the Foxes, making 19 tackles, 16 interceptions and 23 clearances, as per SofaScore.
This means the rampant Rangers attack may struggle to recreate the feats they produced in each leg against Antwerp.
Slavia are also eight points clear at the top of the Czech first division but if any Gers fans are concerned about that, just think about how far clear we are in the Scottish Premiership.
Slavia defend well but our attack is in fantastic form in Europe so we will take some stopping.
In a similar fashion, our defence will need to improve as Slavia took their few chances against Leicester and we can’t afford to defend as we did against Antwerp.
Let’s not forget, this is a side who lost 4-1 to European minnows FC Midtjylland to drop into the Europa League in the first place.
If we play as well as we know we can, beating Slavia Prague should be straightforward.
There are no easy games in this stage of the competition, though, after convincing wins in both legs against Antwerp we fancy our side’s chances.
Gerrard now has to prepare for another tough test as he looks to take his side a step further than he did last season.
Banishing the memories of that loss to Bayer Leverkusen will be a priority for the Ibrox boss now the title is wrapped up.
We can’t wait for this one, it’s got all the makings of an absolute classic.
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