Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor admits the Light Blues face a “difficult” task when they face Malmo tomorrow night in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier – but insists there is plenty of confidence that the Gers can make it through to the playoff round.
The Swedes were Rangers last opposition in the Champions League ten years ago and they now need to overcome them for a place in the playoffs against Olympiacos or Ludogorets.
McGregor was involved last time the sides met and has spoken to Fil Helander about the Swedes with the Rangers defender having started his career with Malmo.
“It will be difficult; Malmo are a top team, but the boys are confident especially after the last few years in Europe,” McGregor told Rangers TV.
“I spoke to Fil [Helander] who knows some of the players and knows of the quality that they have.
“You can’t look too far ahead; we have to deal with what is in front of us and it is Malmo tomorrow. We must stay focused on the next match.
“We can all agree European nights and Old Firm games have a different atmosphere and it is always an amazing experience for the fans and players.”
The Gers will be without a number of key players with suspension ruling out Leon Balogun, Glen Kamara and Kemar Roofe while Ryan Jack is definitely out through injury and Alfredo Morelos is yet to join his teammates following a spell in isolation.
The likes of Allan McGregor, Borna Barisic and Helander are likely to return to the Rangers side after sitting out the win over Livingston on Saturday and Scott Wright and Kemar Roofe will be hoping they done enough from the bench to merit a start.
With a massive financial windfall on offer if Rangers can reach the group stage of the Champions League, Gerrard and his players will be very much aware of exactly the task they face against Malmo.