Rangers defender Connor Goldson has been talking up the Gers’ awareness of what they feel will be BSC Young Boys’ main threat in their Europa League meeting, via quotes by The Sun.
Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox natives travel to Bern looking to build on their matchday one victory over Feyenoord, and Goldson is confident the Scottish Premiership challengers can maintain their 100% record in Europe.
Rangers struggled on the road in the Europa League last season as they failed to win any of their away fixtures, except for the qualification stage tie against Croatian outfit Osijek that ultimately ensured their progression into the third round.
Goldson feels changing that story against Young Boys would act as a huge statement of intent by Gerrard’s men and signal a coming of age on the continental stage after being held to a draw at Villarreal before losing at Spartak Moscow and Rapid Wien in the group stage last season.
“This is a new campaign, and after starting with three points we feel we can get another three,” the Gers defender said. “It would be a massive statement of intent if we could win in Bern.
“We have watched enough videos of them and they look a good side. They score a lot of goals from crosses and can be direct, but we know what we are facing.
“Last year, Europe was new to us, but we still equipped ourselves well. This year, we have another tough group, but we do feel we can get out of it. Confidence is high and the spirit is good. We come to a tough venue against a tough team, but we believe in ourselves.”
While Rangers head to Switzerland brimming with confidence after thrashing Aberdeen 5-0 at the weekend, Young Boys prepare to host their Scottish opponents having recorded their first Super League win since August after overcoming FC Sion 3-2 on Saturday.
The result will have offered Young Boys a lift after taking draws against FC Basel and FC Thun after losing to FC Porto in their opening Europa League game, which saw Gerardo Seone’s men narrowly defeated in a fixture where chances were at a premium.
Young Boys certainly looked to focus their play on the wings against the Portuguese side, like Goldson referenced, as they spent just 14% of the game trying to break down Porto’s defence through the centre of the field, per WhoScored data.
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