By Doug Ward

28th Apr, 2022 | 7:10am

Charlie Nicholas predicts scoreline of Rangers clash v RB Leipzig in Europa League

Charlie Nicholas has backed Rangers to earn a draw when they take on RB Leipzig in Germany in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final tonight.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men have exceeded expectations by reaching this stage of the competition, beating Borussia Dortmund, Red Star Belgrade and Braga in the knock-out stages.

Rangers find themselves as the underdogs once more as they head to the Red Bull Arena this week for the first of their two meetings with Leipzig.

Despite this, ex-Celtic man Nicholas has backed the Light Blues to get a draw.

As quoted by the Daily Record via their print edition today [28 April, page 57], Nicholas said: “I can see Rangers getting a draw – and that should provide hope coming back from Germany.

“But the Ibrox return might be a game too far with Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe and Aaron Ramsey out.

“Fashion Sakala and Amad Diallo have pace but Rangers still look short up front. Scott Wright came to the fore in the weekend win at Motherwell.

“I think Rangers will nick a 1-1 draw to take back to Ibrox”

Huge match

Let’s face it, this is going to be tough.

Leipzig have been in stunning form this year and Christopher Nkunku’s goalscoring record is definitely something for the Gers to worry about.

However, if we can beat Borussia Dortmund over two legs, we can beat anyone who’s left standing in the Europa League right now.

Dortmund were off the pace when they played against us, admittedly. But they’re a better team with better players than all of the other three clubs left in the Europa League now.

Leipzig are fourth in the Bundesliga and lost at home against Union Berlin on Saturday, so they’re definitely there for the taking.

Our biggest worry is the injury issues that van Bronckhorst has going into this game because it’ll be so tough without Morelos, Roofe and Ramsey, who’ve been so vital for us in the knock-out stages so far.

Whatever happens in the Europa League semi-finals, we’ll be proud of what this Rangers team has achieved.

In other Rangers news, a Super Computer has made a new and unexpected prediction for the Gers winning the Europa League.