By Jack Cunningham

16th Sep, 2021 | 5:10pm

Rangers predicted to battle for second spot in Europa League group

Sparta Prague manager Pavel Vrba predicts Rangers will be battling for the second spot in their Europa League group.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Vrba claimed that Brondby, his side, and the Gers would be fighting over one spot with Lyon winning the group comfortably [Daily Record].

The Czech side knocked the Gers out of the Europa League last season, and the two will face each other again, and his prediction on the group could prove correct.

He said: “Brondby are not at their absolute best right now; I wonder what they’ll come up with.

“We saw their quality in the match against Midtjylland; they won 2-0 and were consistent, patient and organised. I’m expecting a similar match from them on Thursday.

“We’ve been drawn against some really strong opponents.

“There’s a clear favourite for the group, and that’s Lyon, then there are three teams, including Rangers, who will fight for the second place.

“Anything we drop now will cost us by the end, so we want to pick up points wherever we can.”

Will Vrba be proved right?

Well, on paper, it is hard to argue that the Ligue 1 giants aren’t the clear favourites for the group.

However, football isn’t played on paper, and if Rangers can win tonight against Lyon, you would think they will take control of the group.

It is interesting that Vrba thinks three teams will battle for that second spot in the group.

This could be mind games and an attempt to throw Lyon off their game but looking at Lyon’s squad; then we can see why Vrba has made this claim.

This is a good group, and we believe that the Gers have a good chance of topping it or at least finishing second, but they have to get off to a good start tonight.

Lyon are without a couple of key players, so this is arguably the Bears’ best chance of beating the Ligue 1 side [Radio Scoop].

If they can win tonight, then Vrba’s prediction could be blown out the water.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton reveals he has been denied entry to Ibrox tonight.