Jamie O’Hara has said that every Premier League side would want to play Glasgow Rangers in the next round of the Europa League.
O’Hara slams Rangers chances
The Gers progressed to the round of 16 after beating Royal Antwerp 9-5 on aggregate. Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham are also still in the competition after beating Real Sociedad, Benfica and Wolfsberger respectively.
Speaking on talkSPORT (via The Daily Record), O’Hara believes the English sides would rather face the Gers than a number of other sides. He said:
“I think every Premier League team would want to get Rangers in the next round.
“I mean, come on, you are talking about teams like AC Milan, Roma, Napoli, Ajax, you’re going to prefer to play Rangers.”
On the one hand, the Gers would likely be an easier opponent than any of the four sides mentioned. After all, Ajax, Roma and Napoli have been Champions League regulars in recent years, while AC Milan currently find themselves second in Serie A and in a title race.
Would Rangers beats the three English sides left in the competition?
However, Steven Gerrard’s side are now unbeaten in 11 games in the competition – Benfica were unable to beat them in two matches, for example (Sky Sports). With all due respect to the likes of Dynamo Kiev, Molde, Young Boys and Dinamo Zagreb, the Gers could well provide a stronger challenge to the Premier League trio than any of those aforementioned teams.
The 54-time Scottish champions are at this stage of the competition on merit. At this point, there are no easy games left.
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