By Sam Stone

5th May, 2022 | 2:40pm

Kris Boyd urges Rangers to make the most of 'difficult place' to play football in EL semi-final second leg

Kris Boyd has urged Rangers to make the most of the occasion at Ibrox in their Europa League semi-final against RB Leipzig.

Rangers currently trail 1-0 after Angelino’s 85th-minute wonder strike in the first leg in Germany.

However, Rangers have been “formidable” at home in Europe and Boyd believes how they play the occasion could be the difference.

Talking to Sky Sports, Boyd said: “They’re a formidable force Rangers, although they’ll have to be at their best if they want to overturn the 1-0 deficit tonight.

“They’ve shown in the past that Ibrox on European nights is a special occasion.

“If the players start the game right and get the fans behind them, it can be a difficult place to play football.”

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Ibrox tonight promises to be a huge occasion.

With Rangers’ first European semi-final since 2008 and the club mourning legendary kit man Jimmy Bell.

Rangers’ have had an arduous schedule of late, having had European midweek fixtures and two Old Firm games in a short period of time.

Despite picking up a point in the Old Firm match at the weekend, Rangers would’ve always had one eye on Thursday night.

To win the Europa League would be an unrivalled modern day achievement for Giovanni van Bronkhorst’s side.

If they were to bring home the trophy, it would be very near the front of their prestigious and very busy trophy cabinet.

The Gers are in better league form than their opponents RB Leipzig, who dropped out of the Champions League places in the Bundesliga this weekend.

This means there is plenty of incentive for Domenico Tedesco’s side to achieve qualification by winning the Europa League.

In other Rangers news, the club are ‘not convinced’ by a key first-team player and an early termination of his contract is extremely likely.