European football’s best anthem returns to the southside of Glasgow tonight when Rangers face Lyon in the Europa League at Ibrox – and Steven Gerrard has sparked a mixed reaction from fans with the inclusion of John Lundstram.
The Light Blues have made four changes from the weekend, Allan McGregor, Connor Goldson, Borna Barisic and Lundstram come into the Rangers starting line-up with Jon McLaughlin, Calvin Bassey and Kemar Roofe on the bench and Fil Helander missing through injury.
Since moving to Rangers over the summer, the former Sheffield United star has had a tough time of it, struggling to find form and earning a red card in the Champions League qualification defeat by Malmo.
After Helander’s injury on Saturday, the Gers are light in defence, with Jack Simpson’s omission from the Europa League squad only compounding things for Rangers and forcing Gerrard to put youngster Kyle McClelland on the bench.
The two sides have been drawn together once previously in European competition, each winning 3-0 away in the 2007/08 Champions League group stage.
Lyon booked their place in the round of 16 for the fifth successive season with their Matchday 6 victory at Ibrox, finishing second in Group E behind Barcelona, while third-placed Rangers moved into the UEFA Cup, where they went on to reach the final in Manchester – their first in Europe for 36 years.
Rangers have failed to win in their last eight attempts at home against French opposition, but Gers fans hope that can change tonight against Lyon.