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Ibrox’s men head to Belgium in good spirits after recent results in Belgium and abroad

Fit Rangers will look to win their first away group game in Europe tonight since defeating Lyon 3-0 in the 2007/08 Champions League

In Standard, they face a robust defensive team one point off the top of the Belgian Jupiler Pro League

Boss Philippe Montanier has built a team that presses forward and they will look to smother Steven Gerrard’s men in possession

But Ibrox’s men will not be impressed given their record this season in fooling the imaginations of Willem II and Galatasaray

And their victory over Celtic on Saturday will have given them confidence ahead of the Europa League opener

Le Gers have not lost a group game since moving to Valencia in 1999, so one way or another – a record could fall tonight

And Alfredo Morelos is certain to have his eye on the double that would take him past Ally McCoist as the club’s top European scorer

Standard Liège boss Philippe Montanier hopes his national rival, Club Brugge, can inspire his virus-affected team to victory over Rangers

Belgians have been shaken by the spread of Covid-19 in their ranks – three members of Montanier’s team and a member of staff behind the scenes have tested positive

Michelangelo Balikwisha and Nicolas Raskin, who both started a weekend draw against Brugge, as well as defender Moussa Sissako and goalkeeper coach Jan Van Steenberghe have all been quarantined

The quartet will not be present when Steven Gerrard’s team arrive at the Maurice Dufrasne stadium for the opening of the group stage of the Europa League

In addition, Damjan Pavlovic and Abdoul Fessal Tapsoba are isolated from their teammates The duo returned negative tests but share a house with Sissako and spent time with him on Tuesday

But Montanier applauds Brugge’s performance in their Champions League opener against Zenit Saint Petersburg

The Belgian champions were without former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, Odilon Kossounou and Michael Kremencik after the trio all tested positive for coronavirus after the 1-1 draw with Standard on Saturday

However, they still managed to knock out Zenit in Russia with a 2-1 win and Montanier believes his side can repeat the round against Gers

We are aware that within a week the coronavirus cases have exploded and we are no exception to the rule

We have our first but we also want to be careful We know that not all people who live in the same household are positive The players are very careful, whether at the club or away, so we rather stay calm

The example of Club Brugge is a good example The people of Bruges left without three starters at Zenit and they won It is a good omen We would have preferred to have the absent players with us but, as always, it is the group that we currently have which will have to catch up with the absent

Rangers head to Belgium with the wind in their sails after complete victory at Celtic Park

Le Gers sent Galatasaray in their last qualifying round and despite Standard Liege having been undefeated in their last four games, I think Steven Gerrard’s men could well score a point here

While you wouldn’t normally expect any change after such a complete league win, I think Gerrard will go for some new legs.

Balogun could replace Helander, but overall I would expect the manager to select the same rear fours

In midfield, you can’t ask too much of Steven Davis given his age and Ryan Jack’s return would add some energy and dig

Hagi still seems to play in European games, so his selection ahead of Brandon Barker seems obvious

For that old fart, it looks like it was yesterday, but Rangers’ 3-0 victory in Lyon was actually their last away win in European group football

Gerrard will desperately want to start the campaign in a style similar to the performance on That Intoxicating Night

He’s yet to find his form this season, but last season it was the platform the Colombian excelled on the most

Morelos finished top scorer in the Europa League group stage with five goals in six appearances as his spirited style battered defenses

A move to Lille didn’t materialize in the end, but if the Ibrox talisman wants to make a megabucks transfer, he has to do it here

It will likely be another dramatic night as Rangers appear to start their third Europa League campaign in as many years

The Ibrox club have recovered as a highly accomplished European team under Steven Gerrard and will look to win their first group game outside of his reign

You can follow every ball kick as it goes and the whole analysis here!

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