Former Aberdeen goalkeeper Tomas Cerny has warned Slavia Prague they will have a tougher time against Rangers than Sparta Prague had against Celtic. 

The Gers drew Slavia in the Europa League last 16 on Friday with the Light Blues travelling to the Czech Republic for the first leg.

Celtic played Sparta in this season’s Europa League group stage and lost by an aggregate score of 8-2 across both games.

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Cerny is quoted by the Daily Record as saying Slavia can’t take any confidence from Sparta’s ability to breeze past Celtic as Rangers are an entirely different beast.

He said, “Sparta caught Celtic in their worst situation for ten years. Even in the league, they had problems beating smaller teams and recently they lost to the bottom-placed side.

“Rangers will be completely different. The two sides are not comparable at all. Rangers will be very confident against Slavia.

“Rangers dictate play and that doesn’t change against anyone. They were far better than Antwerp for example.”

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Most teams in Scotland have taken points off Celtic this season but if Slavia think they can replicate Sparta’s success against Scottish opposition they are sorely mistaken.

Just look at our last Europa League tie.

We scored nine goals across the two legs and while we did also concede five we can’t see Celtic putting in that kind of performance this season.

There is simply no comparison between us and the Hoops this season, we’ve been better at home and better on the continent, by some considerable margin too.

We have to be considered favourites for this tie after the performances we’ve put together in Europe this year and the worst thing Slavia can do is underestimate us.

In other Rangers news, McLeish reacts to Barisic handing Itten penalty against Antwerp

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