Rangers drawn against Malmö FF or HB Tórshavn in the Champions League


SPL Champions Rangers have been drawn in the Third Qualifying Round against Swedish side Malmö FF or HB Tórshavn of the Faroe Islands.

Malmö FF currently lead HB Tórshavn 2-0 after the first leg in Sweden, and it looks almost certain that Rangers will face the Swedish outfit.

The Swedbank Stadion side are currently 8th in the Allsvenskan [Swedish Premier League], ten points behind leaders Helsingborgs IF. Captain Daniel Andersson, formerly of Bari and Venezia, is the most experienced of the Malmö players and has over 74 caps for the Swedish national side.

Rangers manager Ally McCoist told rangers.co.uk: “I think it is a more than acceptable draw for us. In terms of travelling and organisation it is far better than some of the other possibilities like Georgia, for example.

“I fully expect Malmo to get through. They have a two-goal lead from the first leg and I think it would be a major shock if they were knocked out. Of course they are in the middle of their season so that gives them a bit of an advantage. At the same our lads know the importance of the tie and I feel that will be a huge factor.

“We might be a little rusty in terms of competitive games but I feel that if we play as we can we have the opportunity to qualify.

“Unfortunately I won’t be able to go and watch them on Tuesday night because of the Blackpool game but Ian Durrant will be there for us and he is well versed in gaining vital information on opponents. I’m sure he will go with the mind-set that Malmo are going through so he can look at them thoroughly and give us his report.”

The ties are set to be played on July 26/27 [Home leg] and August 2/3 [Away leg].

The away leg in Sweden will see no Rangers fans travel due to UEFA imposing a ban on their fans due to sectarian singing from last season.


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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