Rangers v RB Leipzig: Europa League semi-final, second leg – live! | Europa League


Rangers have played German sides twice before at the semi-final stage of European competition. No need to be going into the 6-1 and 6-3 debacles against Eintracht Frankfurt in the 1959-60 European Cup … other than to say payback, 62 years after the event, remains a live possibility. Instead, why not enjoy the 2-0 win over a Bayern Munich side preparing to rule Europe for most of the Seventies, arguably the signature game of the successful 1972 Cup Winners’ Cup campaign? Sandy Jardine’s first-minute piledriver was something else, and a fine template for his spiritual successor, goalscoring right-back James Tavernier, to follow. Over to you, James…

Earlier today, Rangers captain James Tavernier laid a wreath at Ibrox in memory of beloved kitman Jimmy Bell, who passed away on Tuesday. Giovanni van Bronckhorst and the rest of the squad also paid their respects. There will be a minute of silence to honour Bell before kick-off.

James Tavernier at Ibrox today.
James Tavernier at Ibrox today. Photograph: Luke Nickerson/REX/Shutterstock

Rangers are unchanged from the first leg. Kemar Roofe has failed a fitness test, but Aaron Ramsey is good for a place on the bench.

Leipzig however make three changes to the XI named at the Zentralstadion last week. Yussuf Poulsen, Willi Orbán and Kevin Kampl, the latter two returning from suspension, are in; Tyler Adams, Dominik Szoboszlai and Marcel Halstenberg drop to the bench.

The teams

Rangers: McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Lundstram, Bassey, Barisic, Jack, Aribo, Kamara, Wright, Kent.
Subs: Diallo, Davis, Ramsey, Sands, Balogun, McCrorie, Sakala, McLaughlin, Arfield, Lowry, King.

RB Leipzig: Gulacsi, Gvardiol, Orban, Klostermann, Henrichs, Laimer, Kampl, Angelino, Nkunku, Olmo, Poulsen.
Subs: Simakan, Forsberg, Tschauner, Adams, Szoboszlai, Mukiele, Halstenberg, Martinez, Andre Silva, Raebiger, Novoa.

Referee: Artur Soraes Dias (Porto).

Preamble

Rangers are one big push away from their first European final since 2008. RB Leipzig lead 1-0 after last week’s first leg, and go into tonight’s return as favourites to progress to the Seville final against either Eintracht Frankfurt or West Ham United. But Rangers have already seen off one Bundesliga team, the tournament favourites Borussia Dortmund, so nothing is impossible. Also, this is Ibrox. And if they don’t have enough reason to give it everything tonight, they’ll be playing in memory of Jimmy Bell, literally part of the fabric of the club as kitman for more than 30 years, who passed earlier this week. Sleep well, Jimmy, and may the best team win. Kick off is at 8pm BST. It’s on!



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