Rangers drew Slavia Prague in the Europa League round of 16 on Friday and Alan Hutton thinks it is a favourable draw for his former side.

The Gers could have come up against European giants such as Milan, Ajax or Roma, or strong British sides like Man United.

Slavia Prague shocked Leicester City by winning 2-0 on aggregate in the previous round, but Hutton is confident the Gers can progress.

He told Football Pass, “My first impression [on the draw] was that I’m happy.

“Rangers have dodged a lot of the big teams, but I know how Gerrard thinks and he won’t underestimate this team.

“As a Rangers fan sitting here, why can’t we dream? Who knows? I think this is a favourable tie for them.

“It could have been a lot worse, so if you continue and have a little bit of luck I don’t see why you can’t dream and go the whole way hopefully.”


Big test

Slavia Prague will be no pushovers but that is to be expected at this stage.

This is the round where the Europa League really becomes competitive, and should we win we will have bettered last year’s journey.

There are reasons for Hutton’s confidence, too.

We scored nine goals in the last round and put five past Benfica in our two group stage games – and they almost beat Arsenal this week.

James Tavernier and Kemar Roofe could also be in contention to play against the Czech side, and that will provide a major boost.

Like us they are unbeaten in their domestic league, but if their reaction to the draw is anything to go by they could become complacent.

Steven Gerrard can use that in his favour, and the video alone provides fuel to motivate the players.

Also, we should have the Scottish Premiership all but wrapped up by the time the tie rolls around.

That allows for our key players to be rested.

The rest is up to Stevie G, but we have faith he will be able to undo Slavia Prague to ensure our progress.

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