Gers to make point
Phil Thompson reckons Rangers will pick up the point they need to qualify - but only just.
Last Updated: 12/12/07 3:07pm
Rangers v Lyon
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Rangers are facing a strange test against Lyon because they only need a draw, but their opponents are desperate to win.
In normal circumstances I would say they would be able to do the job comfortably, but Lyon are a very proud club and they were hurt and damaged by the 3-0 reversal they suffered at the hands of Rangers earlier in this campaign.
Lyon are definitely going to go for it after they were humiliated by losing in such comprehensive fashion.
But I have not bet against a Scottish team when they've played at home in the Champions League all season because of the intimidating atmosphere that away teams face when they go to Celtic Park and Ibrox.
And that is why I can see Rangers just about holding on for the scoreline they require in this game and I'm backing them to get a draw.
The problem that Walter Smith faces is that he may not be sure how to send his side out, but I think he should go for a 4-5-1 formation.
Without a doubt they should play with one up front with people breaking from midfield and even if they were to go a goal down, I'm sure they could fight back with the players they've got.
I covered the game in Lyon for Soccer Special earlier this season and I imagine they will go for Daniel Cousin up front because he had a very good game over in France and I'm sure he'd be raring to go again on the back of that performance.
Barry Ferguson will have a huge role as well because he is their captain and their midfield general.
He will keep things ticking over in the middle of the park and he will get forward to help out the striker, but it will also be important for him to rally the troops and keep them focused no matter what happens.
It will be extremely tight and I would be worried if they were to go behind late in the game. However, the crowd will play a huge role and I think they could sway it on a proud night for Rangers.
I was wrong when I tipped Celtic to go out last week and I hope I'm not wrong this time. I thought AC Milan would win against Gordon Strachan's side, but in my defence I don't think anybody thought Benfica would win at Shakhtar Donetsk. They were very poor because they thought they were through and they got turned over.
That just goes to show that you can take nothing for granted in the Champions League. This is like a cup final for Rangers, but thankfully they can afford to draw it.
DRAW - I'm going for an extremely nervy 0-0 and I wouldn't like to be at Ibrox for that last 15 minutes. I'm sure the place will be rocking, but there will be a lot of tension around. However, the crowd will help Rangers to do it.