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UEFA delegate slams 'mid-range' Rangers

Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard reacts during the press conference before UEFA Europa League game between Legia Warsaw and Rangers F.C. in Warsaw, Poland, on 21 August 2019.

Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers are potentially 90 minutes away from the Europa League proper.

A general view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers have been described as a 'mid-range team' by a pundit and UEFA delegate.

The Gers' Europa League fate hangs in the balance after last week's 0-0 draw away to Legia Warsaw.

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A score draw at Ibrox on Thursday would be enough to send the Polish outfit into the group stage of Europe's secondary competition at the expense of Rangers.

Steven Gerrard's side are still favourites to go through, but Dariusz Dziekanowski, who played for Legia and Celtic, says that his old side must play a lot better than last week.

 

He told Herald Scotland: "Let's be honest, Rangers are a not a top European club - they are a mid-range team who have a big name as a manager in the dug-out.

"After the first leg, Legia were praised and their manager Aleksandar Vukovic spoke about how proud he was. That shows you how badly Legia have performed so far this season.

"In fairness, Legia were solid in the second half, but if Rangers play as badly on their own pitch as Legia did in the first half of the first leg, make no mistake they will be booed off the park."

According to The Scottish Sun, Dziekanowski is a UEFA delegate and if his words have reached the Rangers camp, they'll be more determined to knock out the former Celtic star's side.

Legia need to score, but Gerrard's side have been brilliant defensively this season and a clean sheet may be on the cards for the light Blues, who have conceded five times in 11 games across all competitions this season.

General views of Ibrox Stadium during the Rangers v St Johnstone - Scottish League Cup Quarter-Final at Ibrox Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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