By Sam Stone

3rd May, 2022 | 9:24pm

Michael Owen predicts scoreline of Rangers Europa League second leg v RB Leipzig

Michael Owen believes Rangers will crash out of the Europa League in their huge semi-final second-leg against RB Leipzig at Ibrox on Thursday.

Giovanni van Bronkhorst’s men are trying to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit, after Angelino’s stunning 85th minute volley in Germany.

However, former England striker Owen doesn’t feel the Scottish giants will have enough to turn the tie around.

Writing in his Betvictor predictions blog, Owen said: “I think Leipzig will be more dangerous on the break than when they dominate possession.

“I worry Rangers won’t quite have enough goals in them here.

“I’m leaning towards a 1-1 draw.”

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Harsh from Owen

You can see the reasoning behind Owen’s prediction, with Rangers’ lacking options in attacking areas.

Alfredo Morelos is out for the season and Keemar Roofe is facing a race against time to win his fitness battle for the Leipzig clash.

However, Fashion Sakala’s Old Firm display should give the Giovanni van Bronkhorst plenty of optimism heading in to the Europa League fixture.

Sakala’s second half display earned plenty of accolades, with the Zambian being a constant threat at Celtic Park.

He can probably count himself unlucky not to have won the match, with a string of fine saves from Joe Hart and the woodwork coming to Celtic’s rescue.

Regardless of their striking issues, Owen is perhaps being harsh to Rangers.

Rangers have scored six goals in their last two European knockout matches at Ibrox.

Furthermore, this is a Leipzig side that are not invincible, having conceded three goals to ten man Borussia Mönchengladbach in their most recent Bundesliga fixture.

This Rangers side have shown their power at Ibrox before and for them to continue this on Thursday evening will not be out of the question.

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