Rangers will begin life under new manager Steven Gerrard with a Europa League qualification tie against Macedonian outfit Shkupi on July 12.
The Liverpool legend has overseen plenty of changes at the Glasgow club already, with no less than eleven new players joining this summer. The standouts are Alan McGregor, Jon Flanagan and Scott Arfield, who all boast lots of top flight experience.
They join a Rangers squad whose main mission it will be to usurp Celtic as champions of Scotland; what a way for Gerrard to introduce himself that would be.
As for Shkupi, well, we don’t know too much about them, but having finished fourth in the Macedonian Premier League we can wager that they aren’t a particularly strong side – no offence intended. They lost eleven games in total last term, and you wonder how much of a contest they will offer the Scottish side here.
This is Shkupi’s first foray into European football, and while their tiny 5,000 seat ground will come as something of a shock to the Rangers players in the second leg, there’s no surprise to learn that a away win is at the heart of our Rangers vs Shkupi betting tips.
1. Rangers vs Shkupi Betting Odds
As Rangers vs Shkupi betting odds are now out! Bookmakers find the Scottish team to be massive favourites. Rangers are at 1.08 at Bet365. You can get a draw at 8 and Shkupi victory at 15 at Bet365.
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2. Rangers vs Shkupi Predictions
This will be Rangers’ second foray into Europa League qualifying, after last season’s dismal 1-2 defeat to the Luxembourg part-timers Progres Niederkorn.
That shows what can happen in these matches when the stronger side doesn’t focus and take the tie seriously, and you would expect Rangers to put on a much more disciplined showing this time around; not least with noted motivator Gerrard at the helm.
It’s hard to get a handle on how good a team is outside of their domestic division, but with Rangers we can call upon their fine form in January’s Florida Cup, where they beat the Brazilian sides Atletico Mineiro and Corinthians 1-0 and 4-2 respectively.
There is some quality in this Rangers squad, too. Josh Windass impresses whether playing on the right-hand side or in the number ten position, and Alfredo Morelo has a goal or two in him.
Who will win this Europa League qualifiers game?
James Tavernier is a deadly set piece taker, while experience comes from Niko Kranjcar and Graeme Dorrans, who have hundreds of top-level appearances between them.
So Shkupi will have their work cut out, and you do wonder if they have the class to challenge. They will be organised and well disciplined, and playing high intensity football in the heat of July is ever easy; particularly for British sides, who simply aren’t used to it.
But even so, it’s hard to imagine Shkupi taking anything from this first leg if Rangers give the game the due diligence it deserves.
3. Rangers vs Shkupi Tips
And so, we’re backing the Scottish side to take the spoils in our Rangers vs Shkupi predictions.
We hope you like our Rangers vs Shkupi betting tips and will be able to make a use of it.
The long road to Europa League glory starts next week the first qualification round, and Steven Gerrard’s Rangers welcome Macedonian outfit Shkupi to Ibrox.
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What’s your prediction?
Glasgow Rangers will win 0%