Rangers vs Union Saint-Gilloise: UEFA Champions League qualifying preview, 2022

Rangers must look to close a two-goal deficit when Belgian Pro League club Union Saint-Gilloise are visitors to Ibrox Tuesday night.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst Light Blues suffered an early UEFA Champions League qualifying as they lost 2-0 to the Belgians in their third qualifying round, first leg tie at the King’s power at Den Dreef Stadion A week ago. Teddy Teuma sent Union Saint-Gilloise back in the lead in the first half before by Dante Vanzeir Second-half penalty left Rangers’ European dreams on the brink.

Rangers bounced back from that loss with a 2-0 win over Kilmarnock at Ibrox in the cinch Premiership Saturday when Union Saint-Gilloise was going through a difficult period Mechelen as they were beaten 3-0, this defeat being their first in the Belgian Pro League this season.


Van Bronckhorst could choose to keep the faith with a winning side after that win over Kilmarnock on Saturday. Ridvan Yilmaz, Steven Davis, Tom Lawrence and Scott Wright all came from the Gers side as they continued their winning start to the domestic campaign.

Forward Alfredo Morelos made a starring return as a substitute against Kilmarnock and he could push for extra minutes after injury.

Ianis Hagi, Filip Helander, Kemar Roofe, Nnamdi Ofoborh, Stephen Kelly, Niko Katic and Jack Simpson will play no role for the Glasgow giants.

Union Saint-Gilloise

Union Saint-Gilloise coach Karel Geraerts could make some changes to his squad after that 3-0 loss to Mechelen. Ross Sykes, Sanne Lynen and Simon Adingra are among those players who could be considered for recalls.

The Belgian club should be private Ismael Kandouss, Koki Machida, Dennis Eckert Ayensa and Gustaf Nilsson.

Rangers: McLaughlin, Tavernier, Goldson, Sands, Ridvan, Lundstram, Davis, Tillman, Lawrence, Wright, Colak

Union Saint-Gilloise: Moris, Van der Heyden, Burgess, Sykes, Lapoussin, Amani, Teuma, Lynen, Nieuwkoop, Vanzeir, Adingra

Antonio Colak (Rangers)

Big things are expected of the Croatia international striker who joined Rangers on a three-year deal last month. Colak will be hoping the goals will now flow into the famous blue shirt after scoring against Kilmarnock at the weekend.

Dante Vanzeir (Union Saint-Gilloise)

Belgian striker Vanzeir scored 33 league goals in two seasons with Union Saint-Gilloise. A goal for Les Unionistes at Ibrox would really cause further problems for the hosts and Vanzeir looks the most likely player to find the back of the net for the Belgian side.

Last Tuesday’s meeting in Heverlee was the first between the two clubs.

The 2-0 loss to Union Saint-Gilloise was Rangers’ second defeat in 11 games against Belgian opponents in Europe.

This season’s European adventure is the first for Union Saint-Gilloise in 58 years.

The UEFA Champions League The third qualifying round, second leg between Rangers and Union Saint-Gilloise was not selected for the live broadcast. Fans can stream the game live by subscribing to RangersTV.

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