The opening leg encounter at Den Dreef stadion last week had ended 2-0 in favour of Union SG courtesy of goals from Teddy Teuma and Dante Venzeir.
Rangers will host Union SG in their second leg of the Champions League third round qualifier at the Ibrox stadium on Tuesday. The opening leg encounter at Den Dreef stadion last week had ended 2-0 in favour of Union SG courtesy of goals from Teddy Teuma and Dante Venzeir. The hosts are heading into the match on the back of a 2-0 win over Kilmarnock in a Scottish Premiership fixture last Saturday, while Union SG suffered a 3-0 defeat at Mechelen in a Belgian pro League match a day later.
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Rangers got the better of Kilmarnock courtesy of goals from Antonio Colak and Alfredo Morelos. It was their second league match of the campaign, the first one at Livingston had ended in a 2-1 win. With two wins from as many games, Giovanni Bronckhorst’s side are sitting on top of the table, level on points with defending champions Celtic. Rangers had finished second in the Scottish top division last term to earn a spot in the Champions League qualifiers.
Union SG, on the other hand, finished on top of the Belgian Pro League last time around, becoming the first side in Belgian history to manage that feat after earning promotion the previous campaign, while they ultimately finished second in the championship playoff to secure their spot at this stage of Europe’s elite competition. Karel Geraerts’ side have already begun their new domestic league campaign, picking up four points from their opening three games.
Rangers boss Van Bronckhorst is unlikely to make too many changes to the side that started in Belgium. Antonio Colak, who netted in the previous game is expected to lead the line with Tillman and Matono occupying the flanks. Morelos, who scored against Kilmarnock, is likely to start on the bench but the Colombian could feature at some point in the game. Glan Kamara is likely to pull the strings in the midfield alongside Lundstram and Ryan Jack. As for Union SG, first leg’s goal-scorer Vazeir could partner Adingra up front. Sykes, Burges and Van der Heyden are likely to form the three-man defence.
Rangers probable starting lineup: McLaughlin; Tavernier, Goldson, Sands, Yilmaz; Matondo, Kamara, Lundstram, Jack, Tillman; Colak
Union SG probable starting lineup: Moris; Sykes, Burges, Van der Heyden; Nieuwkoop, Lynen, Teuma, Amani, Lapoussion; Vanzeir, Adingra.
The Champions League qualification match between Rangers and Union SG will take place at Ibrox stadium on Wednesday at 12:15 am IST.
|Rangers vs Union SG||Key details|
|Date||August 9 (UK)|
|Kickoff in Scotland||7:45 pm|
|Kickoff time in Belgium||8:45 pm|
The live coverage of the match is available on Rangers TV and Club RTL.