Ibrox is set for a Steven Gerrard debut on Rangers’ bench on Thursday when Macedonian Shkupi come to visit.
The difference in quality between the two sides is massive as the visitors are making their debut on the international scene on the day.
Rangers v Shkupi Match Preview | UEFA Europa League Betting Tips
Kick-off: 12 July 2018 – 19:45 UK time
Venue: Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
Rangers v Shkupi: Team News
Steven Gerrard will make his official debut on Rangers’ bench on Thursday when the Teddy Bears host Macedonian Shkupi in the first leg of their Europa League tie at Ibrox. The Glasgow giants should really not have any trouble storming past such opposition given the obvious gulf in quality as the visitors do not even belong to the very top of the Macedonian football.
The only problem for Stevie G might be the lack of competitive games, but the Macedonians are facing the same issue, meaning it should not a disadvantage for the hosts. Overall, Rangers come into the new season with high ambitions after they finally managed to finish runners-up in Premiership’s last term. They brought some very interesting names to the squad so far in the summer transfer window, including the likes of Allan McGregor keeper from Hull City), Scott Arfield (first-team regular last season in Burnley), Jon Flanagan (a known name from Liverpool), Jamie Murphy (Brighton’s left winger) and Connor Goldson (Brighton’s centre-back).
Rangers v Shkupi: Head to Head Stats
Shkupi will have the honour of visiting Ibrox Stadium for the first time in their history.
Rangers v Shkupi: Prediction
Shkupi were lucky to secure a fourth-place finish in the previous term of their domestic league. They made it by winning four on the bounce in last four rounds, ending the season a single point above fifth-placed Sileks. This visit to Ibrox will represent their Europa League debut and it will surely be a huge occasion for their players.
As far as the outcome in concerned, we truly expect the hosts to remove all doubts in the first leg in front of their crowd. You can back Rangers to win by three or more goals difference at the 8/11 (1.72) odds. As we believe Rangers will get off to a string kick off looking for an early opener, backing them to have the lead by two or more goals at the half time is also an interesting call at 5/4 (2.25).
Rangers v Shkupi: Betting Tips
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