talkSPORT pundit Ally McCoist believes that Rangers will just squeak through the Europa League tie against Slavia Prague at Ibrox on Thursday night.

The score is 1-1 from the first leg, with Rangers holding a crucial away goal thanks to Filip Helander’s equaliser.

Talking on the Breakfast show (talkSPORT, Thursday, 8am), McCoist gave Rangers the nod but said it would be a nervy night for the fans.

“It won’t be easy,” McCoist said.

“Slavia Prague did really well to go to Leicester and get a result [in the previous round].

“It was a great result for Rangers over there but it’s still open. I have Rangers as small favourites to go through.”

Rangers

Huge game

We’re already starting to get nervous.

Getting past Slavia Prague would be a massive step for Rangers and tonight represents probably the toughest test of what has been an absolutely brilliant season so far.

Slavia Prague put Leciester out at the King Power Stadium after drawing 0-0 in the home leg, so they’ll be confident they can come and overcome the away-goal advantage.

This is the bottom line. If Rangers can keep a clean sheet then they’ll go through to the quarter-finals, which would be a major achievement.

And, while that’s been tough in the Europa League – we let in five over two legs against Antwerp – the defence has been one of our biggest strengths this season.

Missing James Tavernier is a blow but we’ve still got enough to keep Slavia Prague out. We did it for 83 minutes at their stadium after conceding an early goal.

That has to be the aim tonight, as well as scoring the goals that we know we’re capable of.

In other news, this Slavia player has revealed what he said to Ianis Hagi after the full-time whistle last week. 

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