Charlie Nicholas believes Rangers could be out of their Europa League quarter-final tie after the first leg against Braga if they don’t improve on their performance in the Old Firm derby.
The former Sky Sports pundit claims Kemar Roofe‘s struggles up front, and the fact that they can’t keep possession, mean they could find it difficult in Portugal:
“If Rangers play against Braga like they did against Celtic then they could go out of the Europa League on Thursday It could be all over in the first-leg unless there is a dramatic improvement from the weekend.”
“Rangers just didn’t keep the ball and had no purpose. What will they do? Kemar Roofe hasn’t performed under Giovanni van Bronckhorst and I think they will go to a 5-4-1 and try to hit on the break. We know Rangers have turned on big performances in Europe.”
Nicholas has stopped short of Braga dealing a knockout blow in his score prediction but he still feels the Gers will lose:
“I tipped Braga when the draw was made and I think they could win 2-0 this week. Rangers just need to keep it alive going back to Ibrox.”
Braga won against Benfica on Friday, who are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, so Nicholas’s warning about the Portuguese outfit needs to be heeded.
Rangers have shown that they can defy the odds in Europe, though, as we saw with that famous win in Dortmund, but there is no doubt that the performance level will have to improve from the Celtic defeat if they are to progress any further in the competition.