By David Woods

18th Mar, 2021 | 6:10pm

Michael Owen predicts score in massive Rangers v Slavia Prague clash

Michael Owen believes that Rangers will concede an away goal tonight but will qualify with a 2-1 home win at Ibrox.

The Europa League Round of 16 tie is on a knife-edge after a 1-1 draw in the Czech Republic last week.

Owen thinks “fortress” Ibrox will be enough to tip the tie into Rangers’ hands.

Writing in his BetVictor blog, Owen said, “Newly crowned Scottish champions Rangers welcome Slavia to Ibrox after playing out an evenly matched first leg.

“The Gers started the match rather sluggishly, however, they managed to get an all-important away goal which I can see being crucial here.

“Ibrox has been a fortress all season. Undefeated there both domestically and in Europe is some feat at this stage of the season, and for that reason I feel the Glaswegians will have enough to book their place in the quarter-final draw.”

Nervy night ahead

Everyone seems to be predicting a close-run game at Ibrox tonight and that’s going to see nerves frayed and fingernails bitten by Gers fans.

We’d much prefer the game to be 1-0 in the 60th minutes than 2-1.

Rangers have a crucial away goal and if they keep a clean sheet they’ll go through whatever else happens. 1-1 would see extra time.

If the game’s at 2-1 going into the final minutes then Gers fans will know that Slavia Prague would only need an equaliser to go through on away goals.

This is the reality of the Europa League, though, as we get to the business end of the competition.

There are no easy games now and tonight is going to be a big test for Gers.

And games don’t get bigger than tonight followed by a trip to Celtic as champions on Sunday.

In other Rangers news, Ally McCoist predicts what is going to happen at Ibrox tonight in Gers v Slavia Prague