Progres Niedercorn v Rangers Preview & Tips
Rangers head into tonight's Europa League qualifier with a single-goal advantage over Progres Niedercorn
July 4th, 2017
It wasn’t exactly impressive stuff from Rangers in their first round of Europa League qualifiers with the Light Blues edging past Luxembourg outfit Progres Niedercorn at Ibrox and they head into the reverse fixture with a very narrow single-goal advantage. Pedro Caixinha’s men dominated for long periods in the first leg but they didn’t exactly put the visiting goal-keeper to the test as Kenny Miller scored the only goal of what was hardly a thrilling match.
The Rangers boss fielded a few of his summer signings in front of an expectant home support and whilst the likes of Dalcio, Fabio Cardoso and Ryan Jack didn’t exactly inspire, Caixinha stopped short of criticising his players and instead insisted that they needed time to gel following what has been a pretty brief pre-season.
“I’m not a guy that can make miracles in three weeks,” he said to reporters. “The team is ready to get the rhythm. You only get it playing and by time. It’s not a question of fitness, it’s a question of time to get the fitness. The majority of the players had a good performance, a good rhythm. It’s not a question of fitness but it’s more a question of better decisions and more aggression.”
Caixinha may not appear overly-concerned about his side’s relatively disappointing performance at Ibrox but he should nevertheless be wary given that Rangers head into the second leg with just a single goal advantage. Niedercorn didn’t pose too many problems for Gers keeper Wes Foderingham but similarly the Light Blues were hardly any better up front, however tonight’s home side have scored just once in thirteen European outings and Rangers should have enough to complete the job in Luxembourg and keep a clean sheet along the way.
Kenny Miller proved to be the hero in the first leg and he should be influential in tonight’s match. Rangers will be desperate to avoid a major upset by winning what should be a relatively routine match and we expect Miller to find the net at some point as the Glasgow side progress in the competition.