By Saikat Mandal

13th Apr, 2022 | 8:15pm

ESPN pundit predicts outcome of Rangers clash v Braga

Alejandro Moreno has predicted Braga to narrowly beat Rangers in the second leg at Ibrox on Thursday in the Europa League.

The Gers are behind by 1-0, and the margin is not huge. Moreno has said on ESPN that it will be a “tight game”, and it’s really hard to predict a winner.

The former Venezuela international wasn’t impressed with the Gers in the first leg whereas Braga created better chances.

“Not a lot of chances in the first leg of this matchup, but whatever chances that were they came from Braga,” said Moreno on ESPN.

“Rangers, a couple of half chances here and there but nothing more than that. I was expecting a lot better than Rangers and didn’t quite deliver in the manner in which I thought they would.

“However. it’s only 1-0. If indeed Rangers are gonna advance they have to be able to do more offensively than what they did in the first leg. I wanna say Braga.

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“I don’t have any good reason other than the fact they looked more dangerous, more willing to take the game into the final third and create half chances here and there.

“There isn’t much between the two teams. It’s going to be a tight game. Braga just, and I mean just.”

Ibrox factor

Absolutely. There isn’t much difference between the two teams and Rangers will feel confident that they can score at Ibrox.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side has done extremely well so far in the European competition. They have beaten teams like Borussia Dortmund and Red Star Belgrade, and they should feel positive ahead of this game.

The problem is the Gers are without their top scorer Alfredo Morelos, and they have to find a way to compensate for his absence.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst also made tactical errors in the previous game. He left out Aaron Ramsey, a player who was brought in January to deliver in big games.

The Dutchman also dropped Kemar Roofe and started with Fashion Sakala, a move that completely backfired. Roofe must start on Thursday after he scored a hat-trick on Sunday against St Mirren.

The Ibrox factor can play a big role. In European games, the atmosphere makes a huge difference and the fans can inspire the players to give their everything on the pitch.

If Rangers can score early, they will feel a lot more confident throughout the game.

In other Rangers news, Andy Halliday is delighted by what he sees in this Gers starlet after an impressive cameo against St Mirren at the weekend.