Today, Rangers found out who they will be facing in the Europa League third qualifying round if they get past NK Osijek over two legs. The draw this afternoon revealed that Rangers of Osijek would be facing Maribor or Chikhura Sachkhere, which is good news for the Gers who would have been fearing the worst.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) 23 July 2018
Whilst most Bluenoses will be getting excited and booking flights, a lot of the fans have remained level-headed and will only start to get excited when they’ve got past their Osijek in the second round qualifier. Steven Gerrard’s side travel to face Croatia’s third-best side this Thursday before welcoming them back to Ibrox a week later. After being in full control of the 2-0 aggregate win over FK Shkupi in the first round the fans will be confident going into the clash.
If Gerrard and co can edge past Osijek then they could be setting up a huge third round qualifier with Maribor, who they have unfinished business with after the Slovenians knocked the Gers out of the Europa League at the same stage back in 2011. When they met seven years ago, Rangers fell to a 3-2 aggregate defeat after losing 2-1 away and only being held to a draw at Ibrox. If the clubs do meet again it will be a good opportunity for the Gers to show what they’re capable of and gain revenge.
You can see what the Bluenoses on Twitter make of the draw here:
Couldnt have asked for a better draw there. Well done to the Masons at Uefa for sorting that for us
— Gary Todd (@sweeney_spb) 23 July 2018
Best draw we could’ve got
— Ryan Kerr (@RyanKerr_1) July 23, 2018
Beat Osijek and then give Maribor a good hiding!
— Lee Fleming (@Lee_fleck) July 23, 2018
Good draw for us. Happy days.
— DougieTheDon (@DougieDon1) 23 July 2018
There are no really ‘easy’ games in Europe these days at this stage however, the draw could’ve been far less kind. It’s a must that we take care of Osijek and give ourselves a shot at qualifying for the group stages.
— Gareth White (@garethawhite) July 23, 2018
Tricky tie to get through first but there’s no doubts this could have been a lot worse….. decent draw considering some of the others in the hat
— Andy (@theboysof609) July 23, 2018
Happy with that the best chance we’ve got to get to group stages! #letsgo
— Gavin (@g4v1n21) 23 July 2018
Best draw for us, worst draw for them, tin hats are out in force
— charlie (@charlieboy1981) 23 July 2018
The fans are all in good spirit ahead of Thursday’s trip to Osijek and the fans know that they’re now just four games away from the Europa League group stages.