By Adefunmiloye Alani

29th Sep, 2021 | 8:10am

Sparta Prague plagued by injuries ahead of Rangers clash

Rangers have been handed a huge boost ahead of their Europa League game against Sparta Prague due to an injury crisis to Pavel Vrba’s side.

According to Daily Record, Steven Gerrard and his men could be facing a second-string side as the Czech Republic outfit are set to be without up to eight stars heading into the clash.

Lukas Julis, Filip Soucek and Ladislav Krejci are some of those nursing injuries ahead of Thursday’s clash at Generali Arena, and that should play right into the hands of the visitors.

Advantage?

The Bears started their Europa League campaign with a defeat to Lyon on matchday 1 at Ibrox, and they have a great opportunity to pick up three points against Sparta.

The Czech outfit were held to a draw by Brondby, and getting a win on Thursday will boost the chances of Rangers progressing from the group.

Light Blues fans should still remember Julis as they would have seen or heard about him while he demolished Celtic last term.

The striker bagged five goals against the Hoops in the Europa League group stage doubleheader, scoring in his side’s 4-1 victories home and away.

He grabbed a hat-trick at Parkhead before netting a brace in the return fixture, and the Rangers defence should be relieved they will not be facing the hitman as he recovers from a groin injury.

Soucek is a key midfielder, and Prague would be missing his influence, while tricky winger Krejci will not be back in action until the end of the year after sustaining muscle problems.

The visitors’ full-back can breathe a sigh of relief as a result, and they cannot afford to waste the opportunity presented to them.

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