By Saikat Mandal

27th Apr, 2022 | 9:09pm

Tam McManus predicts result of Rangers clash v RB Leipzig

Rangers will travel to Germany to face RB Leipzig in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final on Thursday.

Leipzig are one of the most in-form teams in the Bundesliga at the moment, and Tam McManus has predicted on PLZ Soccer Football Show that they will be comfortable winners against the Gers.

The Bears are losing some of their key players, with Giovanni van Bronckhorst missing the services of Kemar Roofe and Aaron Ramsey.

When suggested that if Rangers even lose by a goal to nil, they can still be in a good position to fight back at Ibrox, McManus said:

“Definitely. But that’s easier said than done. They were very unlucky in the Champions League. I think they’re a very very strong side.

“If Rangers can keep, as you said, a draw or even a one-goal defeat, getting back at Ibrox you never know what can happen.

“I think Leipzig will be far too strong at home. It could be 2-0 or 3-0.”

Nothing to fear

Rangers have got nothing to fear. They have done incredibly well to reach up to this point, and Giovanni van Bronckhorst can guide them through. 

Leipzig are a strong side but they are beatable. If not the Gers must aim to keep the game as tight as possible. 

Even if they lose by a one-goal margin, they will be still in this game. They have shown in the previous round that they can beat any side at Ibrox. 

Rangers just need to keep their composure and make sure they don’t lose their concentration. Obviously, they are lacking depth, especially in the forward department, but Van Bronckhorst has to come up with a strong plan. 

Losing Kemar Roofe is a huge blow for the club, but it can work as a blessing in disguise. Without a target man, the Gers can bamboozle their opponent by using Joe Aribo upfront.

In other Rangers news, Barry Ferguson has shared the real reason behind a major player exclusion amid rumours of a bust-up with van Bronckhorst.