‘It’s A Bit Of A UCL group’ Why This Rangers Ace Should Keep Hold Of His Place Vs Feyenoord

Rangers, a resurgent force under Steven Gerrard, failed to knock down their famous rivals Celtic at Ibrox before the international break. But the defeat does not take away their success story in Europe as the Gers have made it through to the group stages of the Europa League on back to back occasions.

However, they are once again expecting a tricky test abroad being drawn alongside Porto, Feyenoord and Young Boys. All three have exhibited their expertise in the European competitions, and the Bears star Andy Halliday has Champions League vibes ahead of their midweek encounter against Feyenoord.

“To be honest, I am delighted with the group that we have got. It is a bit of a Champions League group and the objective was to get into the group stages this year because you want to play these kinds of fixtures. It is a big test for us but we have been tested before in the Europa League and stood up to it.”

The Scotsman is confident (as cited by the Daily Record) of putting up a fight against the Dutch heavyweights. Jaap Stam’s men are struggling in Eredivisie, but the contest will be electrifying when Gerrard face off the ex-AC Milan centre-half for the first time since the epic 2005 Champions League final.

Why Halliday Should Keep His Place Ahead Of Barisic

Halliday was handed his maiden league start this season against Livingston. The 27-year-old midfielder has been utilised as a makeshift left-back since the previous campaign. And the experience, as well as the flexibility he offers, saw Halliday getting the nod ahead of Borna Barisic on Saturday afternoon.

Feyenoord are a superior force from an excellent league and therefore, are expected to go for all three points at Ibrox on Thursday night. The defensive work rate should be prioritised, and the gaffer must prefer him over the Croatian to inject more depth in the defensive third.

The Dutch outfit, meanwhile, have an array of experienced names in their ranks. Leroy Fer and Luciano Narsingh hold Premier League experience and the pair must be high on confidence having found the net against Den Haag on Sunday. They will be functional from the Gers’ left flank which is supposed to be their weak link and Halliday should stay alert to resist the threats if he keeps hold of his place after impressing against Livi, particularly in the second half of the game.

Loading...
The following two tabs change content below.

Pratyay Maitra

A sports enthusiast in his mid-twenties who reads, breathes, as well as dreams (mostly) about football and attempts to share his views with the fanatics by jotting it down. Prefers to learn through extensive interaction, communication and exploration. So don't be in a quandary and SHOOT.

Share This Article

Lennon Discusses Transfer Move For Tottenham Hotspur Ace: Winter Deal Looming For Celtic?

Next Story »

Hazard, Bale And Benzema To Start | 4-3-3 Real Madrid Predicted Lineup VS Paris Saint-Germain

T40 SCOUTING

  • Scout Report Of How Joe Gelhardt Would Be A Better Fit In Liverpool Attack If Brought As Duncan’s Successor

    1 month ago

    Bobby Duncan must have overcome his mental stress now upon completion of the desired transfer to Fiorentina. Liverpool sanctioned the transfer on the European deadline day even ...

    Read More
  • Liverpool Confirm Duncan Departure: 3 Replacements For Klopp To Consider Including Serie A Ace

    2 months ago

    Liverpool have confirmed the departure of Bobby Duncan on their official website after the English striker agreed to make a switch to Fiorentina this summer. The Whiston-born ...

    Read More
  • This Player Undergoes Medical At Celtic: Strengths And Weaknesses Of This Exciting Talent

    2 months ago

    According to the report from BBC, Celtic are set to seal the deal for Kilmarnock’s left-back Greg Taylor in the next 24 hours. The Scottish heavyweights had ...

    Read More
  • Borussia Dortmund Comes In For Bobby Duncan: Has The Liverpool Ace Done Irrevocable Damage To His Reputation?

    2 months ago

    All the tantrum and mayhem seem to have cooled down since the past couple of days, but the damage is already done by Saif Rubie who lambasted ...

    Read More
  • Has Harry Maguire Solved Manchester United’s Defensive Problems?

    2 months ago

    In a summer that saw £1.41bn spent on transfers in the Premier League, one move stood out from the rest for several reasons. Harry Maguire is a ...

    Read More