Rangers will be desperate to enjoy a strong start to life in Europe under Steven Gerrard after a rather disappointing start to their Scottish Premiership campaign.
The Bluenoses have definitely come on leaps and bounds under Gerrard and are a much stronger outfit, but there’re still a number of improvements that need to be made. Although, they remain unscathed in Europe this season and will be looking to carry their momentum into the group stages.
However, the Glasgow side will travel to Estadio de la Ceramica to face Villarreal in their first Europa League group stage match. The Spanish side have been a force to be reckoned with in Europe over the years and always managed to put on a show in front of their home fans, so Gerrard’s side will definitely be up against it.
With that in mind, here’s a look at TWO players that can ensure a famous European night for Rangers…
The 36-year-old has proved to be one of the signings of the summer since making the move to Ibrox as he has come to the rescue on a number of occasions in-between the sticks.
Indeed, the goalkeeper is a very experienced figure and this will prove crucial on a European night as he can help organise the defence and offer his advice.
So, if the ‘keeper enjoys a perfect night for the Bluenoses then they’ll be well on their way to a famous European victory under Steven Gerrard.
Lassana Coulibaly is another one of Gerrard’s excellent signings, who has had an incredible effect on proceedings since making the switch.
The Malian adopts a dogged approach that has served him very well during his time at Ibrox, with the opposition often cracking under the pressure. And, he has also shown that he can provide in the final third, scoring two goals and assisting one.
So, it’s clear to see that the central midfielder will be key in all areas of the field and will no doubt be asked to keep the dangerous Santi Cazorla under wraps.