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Rangers vs Rapid Wien. UEFA Europa League Group G.

Ibrox StadiumAttendance47,534.

Rangers 3

  • A Morelos (43rd minute, 94th minute)
  • J Tavernier (84th minute pen)

Rapid Wien 1

  • V Berisha (42nd minute)

Rangers v Rapid Vienna preview: Steven Gerrard hints at changes

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard will weigh up his options following the Livingston defeat
Image: Steven Gerrard will weigh up his options following the Livingston defeat

Steven Gerrard has hinted at fielding a much-changed side when Rangers host Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday (kick-off 8pm).

The Ibrox club recorded a 2-2 draw in their opening Europa League group-stage match at Villarreal last month and Gerrard will look to build on that point against the Austrian outfit

The 38-year-old is looking for a response from his side following the surprise 1-0 defeat at Livingston, and he said after that setback: "I think we have learnt a lot about some individual players and about us as a team.

"Some things smack you in the face and are made that little bit more obvious. There is a saying in football 'You learn more through defeat' and I can definitely understand that.

Rangers’ Ryan Kent can’t hide his frustration
Image: Rangers suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at Livingston last weekend

"This defeat will improve me because I made a few mistakes within that game on Sunday as well. The first thing I do is I always analyse myself and my staff, what did we do? Did we do anything wrong? Could we have done anything different or better?

"You hope that your players are going to do that themselves individually because if you're a proper player then the first thing you do is self-reflect and analyse yourself."

Rapid will hope their trip to Glasgow provides some welcome respite after a torrid start to the domestic campaign.

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Dietmar Kuhbauer takes charge of his first game as Rapid Vienna manager
Image: Dietmar Kuhbauer takes charge of his first game as Rapid Vienna manager

This will be Dietmar Kuhbauer's first game in charge after Goran Djuricin was sacked after seeing his side beaten 2-0 by Kuhbauer's former club St Polten at the Allianz Stadion on Saturday.

Ahead of facing Rangers, he said: "We start in Glasgow against Rangers. That's an enormous challenge in a fantastic stadium, but I want the players to show me what they can do."

Rapid beat Spartak Moscow on matchday one, but they are currently only fourth in the Austrian Bundesliga after nine games - 11 points off leaders Red Bull Salzburg.

Team news

Ovie Ejaria and defender Joe Worrall could be dropped following the Livingston defeat while winger Jamie Murphy is a long-term absentee and Ryan Jack remains sidelined with a calf injury.

Andy Halliday and Nikola Katic might be drafted in as Gerrard seeks a response to the blip at the weekend.

Rangers could re-call Andy Halliday for the home clash with Rapid Vienna
Image: Rangers could re-call Andy Halliday for the home clash with Rapid Vienna

Rapid were hit with a major blow on the eve of the contest with confirmation that defender Max Hoffmann will be out for two months having torn a knee ligament.

First-choice left-back Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo and midfielder Philipp Schobesberger are long-term absentees.

Opta stats

  • Rangers and SK Rapid Wien meet for the third time In European competition, with Rangers winning both previous ties (1-0 and 2-0) in the European Cup in 1964/65.
  • Rangers have won four of their five competitive European ties against Austrian opposition (L1), conceding just twice.
  • Rangers have never won a match in the Europa League since the competition began in its current format in 2009-10, albeit they have only lost once in five previous such matches in the competition (D4).
  • SK Rapid Wien have only won three of their 19 away Europa League games (D3 L13), and are winless in their last five in the competition on their travels (D1 L4).
  • Including qualifiers, Rangers are yet to lose a European game under manager Steven Gerrard (P9 W4 D5 L0), winning three of their four qualifying games for the 2018-19 Europa League at Ibrox (D1).
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