Ebene News – GB – Royal Antwerp v Rangers – Team news, preview & stats

Steven Gerrard expects a “top performance” from Rangers when they face Royal Antwerp in Belgium in the last 32 Europa League fixtures on Thursday

Rangers start unbeaten first leg in Scottish Premiership and Europa League this season

Ibrox’s men have already defeated Belgian opposition this season in the form of Standard de Liège

“I see a twinkle in my eyes in training and they showed a real higher level,” said Gerrard

“We are expecting top performance The level of training has been fantastic The level and intensity have gone through the roof and we come in very excited”

Antwerp, who finished second in their Europa League group behind English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, are currently second in their domestic league

Rangers defender Filip Helander says his side’s results in Europe this season show the Scottish league in a good light

He said: “We believe in ourselves and hope to have a lot of ball and to attack like we normally do.

“Playing in Europe shows the good players we have in the Scottish league and I hope we can improve again against the best”

Gerrard has quashed rumors that captain James Tavernier is in injury doubt, while Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe are available after national suspensions Jermain Defoe is not in the European squad, but January signings Scott Wright and Jack Simpson can play

Antwerp have big selection problems, with star striker Dider Lamkel Ze suspended and his natural replacement Dieumerci Mbokani with a calf injury

Uruguayan striker Felipe Avenatti, who faced Rangers for Standard Liege in the group stage, is eligible but several others are ruled out or in doubt Coach Franky Vercauteren says he will have a maximum of 18 players from the first team available

“We will probably run out of seven or eight,” he said “We have to deal with that and so we always have to believe that the team and the Rangers who challenge the selection are able to beat them This is not an excuse This is what we have to face “

Goal! Royal Anvers 1, Rangers 1 Felipe Avenatti (Royal Antwerp) header from center of the box to upper left corner Assisted by Lior Refaelov with a cross from a free kick situation

Goal! Royal Anvers 0, Rangers 1 Joe Aribo (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box to the center of the goal Assisted by Alfredo Morelos

Failed attempt Kemar Roofe (Rangers) right foot shot from the center of the box is high and wide to the right Assisted by Alfredo Morelos

Recorded attempt Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is recorded in the center of the goal Assisted by Borna Barisic

Attempt blocked Connor Goldson (Rangers) with a header from the center of the box is blocked Assisted by Steven Davis with a cross

Antwerp vs Rangers

Ebene News – GB – Royal Antwerp v Rangers – Team news, preview & stats

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/56054515