• September 27, 2021

Exclusive: Gerrard and co host French giants in Europa League

 Exclusive: Gerrard and co host French giants in Europa League


Steven Gerrard is set to oversee his 50th European tie as Rangers boss when his side take on European giants Lyon.

The Liverpool legend has boasted an impressive record of 25 wins, 16 draws and eight defeats in Europe since becoming Gers manager in 2018.

Rangers missed out on qualifying for the Champions League

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Rangers missed out on qualifying for the Champions League

Rangers were knocked out of the Europa League in the round of 16 last term and know a winning start to this year’s competition will be vital if they are to replicate that feat.

But the Light Blues face a tough test when they host Ligue 1 outfit Lyon.

Rangers v Lyon: Date and kick-off time

This Europa League Group A tie is due to take place on Thursday, September 16.

It is taking place at Ibrox in Glasgow and kick-off is at 8pm.

Rangers will then travel to the Czech Republic to take on Sparta Prague on Thursday, September 30 before hosting Brondby on October 21.

Rangers v Lyon: talkSPORT commentary

Full coverage will be exclusively live on talkSPORT 2, with our pre-match build-up starting at 7.30pm.

Andy Bargh and Charlie Adam will provide live commentary and to tune in, click HERE for the live stream.

We’ll also have all the action in our live blog that will run throughout the evening on the talkSPORT website.

Steven Gerrard is set go into his 50th European tie as Rangers boss

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Steven Gerrard is set go into his 50th European tie as Rangers boss

Rangers v Lyon: Team news

The home side will be without defender Filip Helander ‘for the foreseeable future’ after he had surgery on a knee problem this week.

But the Gers were handed a boost by the news that Connor Goldson will make his return after he was forced to self-isolate.

Ianis Hagi is still in his home country Romania after testing positive for Covid-19 while on international duty however, Allan McGregor is expected to replace Jon McLaughlin in goal.

For Lyon, former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele will miss the chance to reignite his rivalry with Rangers after sustaining a muscle injury.

He joins Leo Dubois, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Thiago Mendes and Tino Kadewere in failing to make the French side’s travelling squad.

But another Celtic old boy Jason Denayer will line up for Lyon and Brazilian duo Bruno Guimaraes and Lucas Paqueta are also available.

And former Liverpool star Xherdan Shaqiri has made the trip despite reports claiming the Swiss would miss out due to vaccination issues.

Aouar celebrates while playing for Lyon in last season’s Champions League

Aouar celebrates while playing for Lyon in last season’s Champions League

What has been said?

Steven Gerrard: “They are arguably the best.

“At full strength Lyon are very much a Champions League team with Champions League-calibre players, they have a manager who got this job on the back of doing ever so well as the Bayer Leverkusen manager.

“He has been here before, he knows what we are about so this is a real big test tomorrow and there is no doubt about it we have to be at our best and that goes for both sides of the game.

“We have to have a high level of focus and concentration tomorrow because if you don’t against these teams you can be punished and punished very quickly so it is a real good test and challenge.

“But we have to have our own confidence and belief that we can play at this level, we can compete and at the right times during the game we have to show bravery that we can hurt the opposition as well.

“We are excited, we are looking forward to it but we know the size of the challenge and it is arguably the biggest we have had as a group.”





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