By Ibrox News speaking to Alex McLeish

3rd Aug, 2021 | 2:10pm

Alex McLeish predicts Rangers clash v Malmo

We’re delighted to welcome former Rangers manager Alex McLeish as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox…

Alex McLeish believes that Malmo have a slight advantage over Rangers ahead of the Champions League qualifier this evening.

The Swedish club are further into their season, and on that basis may be sharper in terms of their fitness.

McLeish believes that Steven Gerrard’s men will still have the quality advantage though, and it is up to them to make it count.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “It’s a dangerous game.

“They are notoriously bringing through the ranks some great players in Sweden, you have to admire them.

“Steven will be emphasising that they can’t sit back on their success, and must continue competing in Europe and winning trophies.

“Malmo have had good game practise and that gives them a slight advantage, but in terms of the quality, Rangers have that to get the victory.”

Rested.

Rangers rested a number of their players in the Scottish Premiership opener against Livingston on Saturday.

Allan McGregor, Borna Barisic and John Lundstram were just a few of names who didn’t feature, and they will be raring to be unleashed this evening.

That is dangerous for Malmo, who also have the issue of potential fatigue if they have been playing every single week for a couple of months.

Gerrard will have his side 100% prepared for anything, and they will know that they have to perform well to take the advantage away from Malmo and back to Ibrox for next week.

There is a guaranteed £30million-plus on the line should we get through these games and reach the group stage, and that is huge for the club.

We believe we can win every game, now it’s time to prove it.

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