By Doug Ward

3rd Nov, 2021 | 7:10am

Michael Owen predicts Rangers showdown v Brondby in Europa League

Michael Owen predicts Rangers will be held to a draw by Brondby when they play their fourth Europa League group stage match in Denmark on Thursday night.

Steven Gerrard’s and his men know that a win at the Brondby Stadion could put them into the top-two places in their Europa League group.

Last time out in Europe, the Gers won 2-0 over the Danes at Ibrox.

However, despite battering Motherwell on Sunday, Gerrard’s former Liverpool teammate Owen feels the Glaswegians will be held to a score draw in Denmark this week.

“After winning 2-0 at Ibrox, Steven Gerrard’s men travel to Denmark for a vital game,” said Owen on the BetVictor website.

“They were excellent when scoring six against Motherwell on Sunday, and I think they’ll get something from this.

“I’m going for 1-1.”

Got to win

With the greatest respect to Brondby, this is the easiest away match of the group stages for Rangers.

We’re not doubting the Danish club’s quality.

They responded well from their 2-0 defeat at Ibrox last month by going on a three-match winning run in Denmark, beating FC Copenhagen in the process.

However, we’ve already lost away to Sparta Prague and still have a trip to Lyon to contend with too, so this is our last big chance to secure points on the road in Europe.

As it stands, the Scottish champions are third in Group A, one point behind second-placed Sparta Prague.

While we want to be winning the group, that won’t be an easy feat given the quality of Lyon so finishing second would be ideal.

If that’s our aim, we need to win away in Brondby and win against Sparta Prague at home to give ourselves the best chance possible.

Owen’s prediction is a bit odd considering he talked up our wins versus Brondby at home and also away at Motherwell at the weekend.

We hope he’s wrong and that the lads can return from Denmark with all three points in the bag.

In other Rangers news, one of the club’s official partners has hit out at the Daily Record over one of their headlines.