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Rangers all set to finish off minnows from Luxembourg in 2nd leg


Rangers seek to finish off Progress Niederkorn when they clash in the Europa League first qualifying round.

Venue is the Stade Josy Barthel in Luxembourg where the Scotland side should be favoured to hurdle the home team.

In the first leg held at Ibrox Stadium, Rangers won, 1-0, thanks to the 37th-minute strike from forward Kenny Miller.

That was the first time both clubs met and after leaving a remarkable impression, the team from Scotland should be smelling success even though they will be at enemy territory.

Rangers wound up third in the Irish Premier League the last term and with a stronger lineup, they should be primed to get another win at Progres Niderkorn.

In their last five matches, Rangers won two matches at Ibrox Stadium, and two other matches away, while the other game resulted in a loss at home.

Rangers are decidedly a stronger and more decorated club than the Luxembourg crew.

In their domestic feats, they have won the Scottish first-tier League Championships 54 times, and had 29 runner-up finishes.

The Ibrox side, known for their Old Firm rivalry with Celtic, have also won the Scottish Cup 33 times and Scottish League Cup 27 times.

In the European front, Rangers were the European Cup winners in 1971-72 and runnersup twice. They were also rtunnersup in the 200708 UEFA Cup and 1971 UEFA Super Cup.

For Progres Niderkorn who should be David in Rangers’ Goliath, they finished fourth in the Luxembourg National Division.

They have never won a game in European competition, managing only two draws and one away goal in their campaign since the 1981-82 season.

Their record in the Europa League saw them playing seven matches, losing six times and drawing once.