Rangers welcome Sparta Prague to Ibrox in Group C of 2023-24 UEFA Europa League.
Locked on four points apiece after three matches, victory could see either Rangers or Sparta Prague go top if Real Betis lose elsewhere.
Kemar Roofe is ruled out for Rangers with a muscle injury.
Tom Lawrence (calf) and Rabbi Matondo (knee) remain absent.
Sparta Prague will be without Matej Rynes after he suffered an unspecified injury during their Czech Cup win against fellow Czech side – Bohemians last week.
Ladislav Krejci (knock) and Lukas Haraslin (calf) remain absent.
When is Kick-Off?
Rangers host Sparta Prague at Ibrox in a 8pm GMT kick-off on Thursday 9 November, live on TNT Sport 3 in the UK.
- Rangers have won two of their five previous meetings against Sparta Prague in all competitions (W2, D1, L2).
- Sparta Prague have lost each of their two previous visits to Rangers in all UEFA competitions (L2).
- Rangers have scored twice in each of their two home wins against Sparta Prague.
- Rangers have kept clean sheets in two of their three matches in this group.
- Sparta Prague have lost one of their four previous away matches against Scottish opposition (W3, L2).
Unbeaten since Philippe Clement took charge and having comfortably dispatched Hearts last weekend to reach the Scottish League Cup Final, Rangers are currently in excellent form and especially James Tavernier who has scored four goals in his last three appearances.
Sparta Prague meanwhile can’t be underestimated despite having lost one of their last three games since the goalless draw in Prague a fortnight ago, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they come here and look to play with the same bravery as they displayed at home.
Ibrox though haven’t been kind to the Czech visitors in two previous visits and with Rangers having found their goalscoring boots with confidence, I can see the hosts edging what should be a fiercely close contest.
Prediction: Rangers 1-0 Sparta Prague
Result: Rangers 2-1 Sparta Prague