Rangers will look to continue their habit of creating European magic when they play their first Champions League group stage game since 2010 against Ajax in Amsterdam on Wednesday night.
Last season, the Gers enjoyed a fairytale run through the Europa League – beating Borussia Dortmund, Braga and RB Leipzig en route to the final – and have maintained that momentum in this summer’s Champions League qualifiers by beating Union Saint- Gilloise-defeated PSV reaches the pool stage for the first time in 12 years.
A trip to European kings in the form of Ajax is the opening Group A reward for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men, but they enter the competition after a disheartening 4-0 defeat by Old Firm at bitter rivals Celtic.
In contrast, the Dutch have made a perfect start to the Eredivisie, winning five out of five while conceding just three goals, and knowing that a home win over Rangers is a must to bolster their hopes of a knockout stage. Putting Champions League qualification on course in such a group also includes Liverpool and Napoli.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the group stage opening game.
When is Ajax vs Rangers?
The game will kick off at 5:45pm BST on Wednesday 7th September. It will be played at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam, Netherlands
How can I view it?
It will be shown live on BT Sport 4 with coverage from 5pm. It will also be streamed live on the BT Sport website and mobile app for BT Sport customers.
Rangers have a host of complaints as Tom Lawrence missed the Old Firm derby with a knee injury, while centre-backs Ben Davies, John Souttar and Filip Helander are sidelined, as are attackers Kemar Roofe and Ianis Hagi. The spirited Alfredo Morelos returned to the matchday squad and came on as a substitute against Celtic, but Antonio Colak should be further up the game having scored seven goals in ten games this season.
At Ajax, left-back Owen Wijndal will miss the game with an ankle injury, while midfielder Mohamed Ihattaren is sidelined with fitness problems. Kenneth Taylor could start ahead of Davy Klaassen as defender Calvin Bassey – who Rangers sold to Ajax for a club-record fee earlier this summer – will play at centre-back.
AjaxXI: pasveer; Rensch, Holz, Bassey, Blind; Taylor, Alvarez, Berghuis; Tadic, Brobbey, Bergwijn
Rangers XI: McLaughlin; Tavernier, Goldson, Sande, Barisic; Jack, Lundstram, Kamara; Tillman, Colak, Kent
Rangers captured plenty of European magic last season and during this year’s qualifiers, but the Champions League group stage is even better and their sobering defeat to Old Firm at the weekend could have sapped confidence. It will be a battle for Ajax but they should prevail. Ajax 2-1 Rangers
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