By Pranav Shahaney

3rd Aug, 2021 | 3:40pm

Cammy Bell shares prediction of Rangers v Malmo, delivers Livingston verdict

Rangers are expected to beat Malmo over two legs and qualify for the next round of the Champions League qualifiers, claims Cammy Bell.

The BBC pundit expects a difficult tie for the defending Scottish Premiership champions, but is optimistic that they will run out victors over the two legs.

Gers are set to travel to Sweden for the first leg today (Tuesday), while the second leg of the contest is scheduled for August 10 at the Ibrox.

Speaking to BBC Scotland, the former Rangers goalkeeper said, “Yeah, I think Rangers will progress over two legs.

“It’s going to be a difficult tie for Rangers, being so early in the season. These are always difficult games for the Scottish teams.

“But, Rangers are in a good place. They’ve had a great last season and started this season strongly with the 3-0 victory over Livingston and they’ve still got a couple of players to come back into the team so I think they’re in a good place.”

Have to be at our best

We cannot take this one for granted. Not that we’re on the same boat as Celtic, but we can see what happens when teams take their opponents lightly in these qualifiers.

Malmo are a capable team which is why they’re where they are and we need to be at our best over the course of 180 minutes if we are to take steps towards qualifying for the Champions League group stages.

We go in as favourites and there’s no doubt about it, but with the likes of Glen Kamara and Kemar Roofe suspended, someone’s going to have to come in their stead and perform a job for Steven Gerrard.

Our bench strength is pretty strong as we’ve seen throughout the entirety of last season, but we must focus and focus on the task at hand and not get carried away by the occasion.

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