By Saikat Mandal

8th Aug, 2022 | 8:30am

Arthur Numan pins hope on Van Bronckhorst, predicts Rangers v Union Saint-Gilloise

Arthur Numan is “optimistic” that Rangers will overturn the 2-0 deficit and win their Champions League play-off tie against Union Saint-Gilloise on Tuesday.

The Gers were shockingly poor in the first leg against USG last week, but the former Ibrox hero feels that there’s no reason why the Glasgow giants cannot win the tie at home.

Numan has also praised Giovanni van Bronkhorst, saying he is a “top-quality” coach.

“Remember, this is a chance to get back into the Champions League group stages for the first time in more than a decade. There is £35-40 million up for grabs,” said Numan, as quoted by Sunday Post (7 August).

“But it can be done. I’m optimistic.

“We’ll need the 50,000 Rangers fans all behind the team on Tuesday night. They can inspire the players to another memorable European victory.

“Giovanni also wants to be in the Champions League. He is a top-quality coach and the Rangers fans, and everyone else, could see that last season in the wins against Borussia Dortmund, Red Star Belgrade, Sporting Braga and RB Leipzig.”

Definitely

Truth be told, the first leg defeat last week was one of the worst performances ever under Van Bronckhorst, and a massive improvement is required.

The Gers definitely are better than Saint-Gilloise and they just need to apply themselves on the pitch.

Last season, Rangers progressed to the finals of the Europa League beating some top teams in Europe, and they’ll have the confidence to win it at home.

Alfredo Morelos is back, while Ryan Kent could be available as well.

Numan is absolutely spot on here. The huge home support is key. The electrifying atmosphere at Ibrox can make a huge difference, as we have seen time and again last season in big European games.

It just lifts the entire team, and Van Brockhorst will hope that his side will hit another gear on Tuesday night.

Getting an early goal will ease the nerve. At the same time, Rangers will have to be solid at the back and make sure they don’t make any ghastly errors.

In other Rangers news, Michael Stewart was left stunned on BBC Scotland after an incident with the Gers this week.