Peter Lovenkrands picks out potential exploit for Rangers vs Midtjylland

Goalkeeper Jesper Hansen of FC Midtjylland in action during the Danish 3F Superliga match between FC Midtjylland and Esbjerg fB at MCH Arena on July 12, 2019 in Herning Denmark.

The Rangers youth coach is familiar with the way the Danish side play.

Goalkeeper Jesper Hansen of FC Midtjylland in action during the Danish 3F Superliga match between FC Midtjylland and Esbjerg fB at MCH Arena on July 12, 2019 in Herning Denmark.

Peter Lovenkrands thinks Rangers will progress past Midtjylland in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League, believing they could exploit the Danish team's goalkeeping distribution, The Daily Record report.

As a Gers youth coach, Lovenkrands is going to have a natural bias about the encounter but obviously knows a bit about teams in his homeland.

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Well aware of the threats that Midtjylland posesses, the 22-cap former Denmark international has warned the Gers not to take them lightly over the coming two legs.

He does however feel that Steven Gerrard's team will make it through to the play-off round, even picking out a weakness they could potentially capitalise on.

 

As quoted by The Daily Record, Lovenkrands said: "They’ve got good players, fast wingers. They’ve got a keeper who likes to play out but that’s something Rangers could maybe exploit.

“They are not a team known for sitting back. They normally dominate games so I’ll be surprised if they come here and sit back.

"They will go for it. I do feel Rangers are going to go through but it’s not going to be easy."

The goalkeeper that Lovenkrands is speaking about would appear to be Jesper Hansen, a 34-year-old veteran who has started all four of their top-flight matches this summer.

Hansen is in decent enough form, helping his side keep three clean sheets and conceding just a single goal over the last month.

Goalkeeper Jesper Hansen of FC Midtjylland $ges the Danish 3F Superliga match between AGF Aarhus and FC Midtjylland at Ceres Park on July 28, 2019 in Aarhus, Denmark.

Not on the face of it a particular weakness, but if Lovenkrands feels that the Gers can press high on his distribution and catch the Danes out then it's something Gerrard should take into consideration.

The fact they will set out to confidently attack means that this Thursday's match may be a tricky encounter, but in turn the space could be there for the Gers to counter-attack.

Regardless of how their game plan shakes out, the key thing will be having a clinical edge when chances do come their way.

They can't afford the spurn the opportunity of securing an away goal to bring back to Ibrox next week, with Lovenkrands clearly feeling the tie could be a tight one.

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers is congratulated by Rangers manger Steven Gerrard at the final whistle after scoring a hat trick during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying round 2nd Leg...

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