By Sam Stone

28th Apr, 2022 | 3:10pm

Leipzig v Rangers Europa League official has yet to award a penalty in Europe this season

The referee for Rangers Europa League semi-final first leg against RB Leipzig is yet to award a penalty in Europe this season.

The French official, Benoit Bastien, 39, has taken charge of five European matches this season, both in the Champions League and Europa League.

According to whoscored.com, Bastien is yet to award a penalty this season as well as averaging under three yellow cards per game.

Furthermore, Bastien is yet to brandish a red card in this season’s European competitions.

Good or bad?

By the sounds of it, Bastien seems like an official who is willing to let the game go and not be too harsh on players early on.

This could, therefore, play into Rangers’ hands, with their aggressive high press allowing them to hassle opponents without being consistently punished.

However, Bastien’s potential reluctance to award spot-kicks could be bad news for James Tavernier.

The Rangers’ full-back has made a name for himself taking spot-kicks in high-pressure situations, with his 44th-minute pen putting Rangers into an aggregate lead against Braga at Ibrox.

This could be an evening where Rangers rely upon a penalty or set-piece given their lack of striking options at present.

Kemar Roofe is a doubt and could join Alfredo Morelos on the sidelines for the Gers first European semi-final since 2008.

The Gers will be hoping for Bastien’s penalty break comes to an end if given the opportunity on Thursday evening

In other Rangers news, RB Leipzig’s head coach has been forced to sleep at the training ground due to a large number of travelling Rangers fans.