By Mike Slater

25th Apr, 2022 | 5:10pm

Michael Stewart on BBC Sportscene: Rangers must make sure Ibrox leg is decisive v RB Leipzig

Michael Stewart has insisted that there are no reasons why Rangers cannot progress past RB Leipzig into the Europa League final.

The BBC pundit admitted that the Germans are “no mugs” but the Bears’ record in Europe makes that irrelevant.

Stewart shared that it is critical to keep the tie alive going into the second leg at Ibrox, where simply anything can happen.

Speaking on BBC Sportscene this week [24 April], Stewart

“Leipzig are no mugs,” he said.

“You look at the teams that Rangers have already put out of the competition this season, and there are no reasons why they shouldn’t go to Leipzig and believe they can’t get something from it and keep the tie alive, that’s the key thing for me as well.

“You look at the rounds that Rangers have been through, they’ve had that away leg first, with the home leg second which can be a real benefit.

“If they go to Germany and make sure the tie is still alive, then the second leg at Ibrox will be decisive.”

Critical.

There is nothing that comes anywhere near to beating Ibrox in terms of an out of this world atmosphere in Europe.

Everyone compared the Signal Iduna Park and Borussia Dortmund, but they were silenced and embarrassed by the Bears.

Now it is time to do the same to Leipzig.

It has been made, of course, hard as can be with the likes of Kemar Roofe, Aaron Ramsey and Alfredo Morelos all missing.

With that being said, Giovanni van Bronckhorst may look to tactically change his side in order to bring a good enough result back to Ibrox.

Anything can happen in Glasgow under the lights on a Thursday night, and Leipzig will be trying everything they can to make sure they don’t need to come here and get something next week.

Of course, the main goal is to win, and if not draw, but even if we lose, we have to make sure it is a small deficit – we believe in the boys.

In other Rangers news, One 25-year-old could now be deemed as surplus to requirements at Ibrox this season