By Saikat Mandal

28th Apr, 2022 | 10:10am

Keith Jackson predicts scoreline of Rangers clash v RB Leipzig

Rangers will face RB Leipzig in the semi-final of the Europa League on Thursday which arguably is their biggest game of the season.

A draw away from home would be ideal, even a narrow defeat won’t be considered a bad result. A victory, however, would be massive.

Keith Jackson has hailed the Gers’ journey as a “Europian utopia” and has predicted a 3-1 defeat for the Glasgow giants.

Jackson, a columnist for the Daily Record, wrote for the newspaper (28 April; page 58): “It’s up to the manager to come up with a plan to keep the dream alive. A draw would be ideal but a narrow defeat will do so long as the second leg is still alive.”

Underdogs

Clearly, Rangers will start as underdogs here for this clash. 

The Gers have done incredibly well to reach this far, beating the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Red Star Belgrade, but this is a huge task. 

It’s the semi-final. Plus, the opponent is Leipzig, arguably the most in-form team in Germany at the moment. 

It won’t be easy for the Gers to get a positive result away from home, and here lies the big challenge. Given the quality of the opposition, Leipzig will start the two-legged tie as an overwhelming favourite. 

It is also a big test for Giovanni van Bronckhorst to come up with a plan that can nullify their threat. The task becomes difficult, especially in the absence of Kemar Roofe and Aaron Ramsey. 

However, the Gers have been fearless in this competition. Nobody gave them a chance and they went on to beat Dortmund in Germany. There’s no reason why they can’t replicate another heroic performance on Thursday night. 

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.