RANGERS visit Borussia Dortmund for a huge Europa League tie.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team came through their group in second position, behind group winners Lyon.
And that means they have to play an extra round against Dortmund, who came third in their Champions League group behind Ajax and Sporting.
In a humbling experience for the Gers boss, Van Bronckhorst’s team will face Giovanni Reyna – a player who is named after him!
Reyna is the son of Claudio, a former USA midfielder who spent two years at Ibrox, becoming the closest of pals with Van Bronckhorst during their time together.
In the aftermath of the draw, Van Bronckhorst said: “Gio [Reyna] sent a text straight to my eldest son.
“They’re almost the same age. It’s good to be drawn against him.
“It’s a special moment for both of us, knowing each other.
“I’ve known Gio his whole life and he is named after me, so they won’t come better than this.
“We visited him 18 months ago to watch one of his Dortmund games.
“And I’ve already been in contact with his dad Claudio. We’re good friends and hopefully he can come to the games.
“All in all, it’s a very special moment for both of us.
“But being the professionals we are, we want to be the best for our clubs. That’s normal.”
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What time does Borussia Dortmund vs Rangers kick off?
- Rangers travel to Dortmund on Thursday, February 17 – TODAY.
- The match kicks off at 5.45pm UK time – 6.45pm local time.
- It will be played at Signal Iduna Park.
- The sides last met in 1995 in the Champions League group stage, where a late Gordon Durie equaliser saw the sides play out a 2-2 draw at the same venue.
What TV channel is Borussia Dortmund vs Rangers on and can I live stream it?
- Borussia Dortmund vs Rangers is live on BT Sport 2.
- Coverage commences at 5.15pm – half an hour before kick-off.
- To stream the game live, head to the BT Sport website or app.
Are there away goals in the Europa League this season?
Away goals have been AXED for Champions League and Europa League ties for the first time this season.
This won’t come into play until the second leg but if the scores are level at the end of the second leg, the teams will play two halves of 15 minutes of extra time.
If the scores are level at the end of extra time the tie will go to penalties.
Dortmund will have Mats Hummels in their defence after he returned to the side at the weekend.
Erling Haaland could also be available again after recovering from a groin injury. Marcel Schmelzer, however, remains injured.
Allan McGregor will return in goal for Rangers, who could also start Alfredo Morelos up top.
Fil Helander is also likely to start the game.
*Odds from Betfair correct as of Monday, February 14
37. Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Rangers
Rangers have a corner.
Tavernier steps up to take and crosses the ball into Goldson, but the defender is unable to hit the target.
33. Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Rangers
Reus does well to beat McGregor to the ball as it travels into the box.
He tries to back-heel it to a teammate but nobody is there for the shot.
31. Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Rangers
BVB are in complete control of this game.
They have done incredibly well to shut down any potential opportunity for a Rangers attack so far.
The Light Blues are on the back foot.
27. Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Rangers
Dortmund are knocking on the door.
Reus sets the ball to Bellingham in the box, the youngster attempts to square it towards the penalty shot but there is nobody there to take the shot.
23. Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Rangers
Malen drives into the box but Bassey does well to close him down and forces the ball out for a goal kick.
Dortmund are beginning to press high.
They have dominated possession in the opening stages.
15. Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Rangers
Dortmund have a golden opportunity to take the lead!
A corner is crossed into the box and finds Zagadou, but the defender cannot get the right contact on the header so McGregor claims with ease.
13. Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Rangers
Guerreiro does well to send a fantastic pass through to Malen, but Barisic manages to get back in time to make the tackle.
10. Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Rangers
Rangers almost take the lead!
Kent does well to drive down the left before threading the ball through to Barisic in the box.
The full back gets a shot away but it is well-saved by Kobel.
2. Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Rangers
Rangers break forward into the Dortmund box.
Arfield tries to get onto the ball but fouls Hummels in the process.
A positive start from the Light Blues.
We’re underway at Signal Iduna Park!
5 minutes to go!
The teams are out.
Only a few minutes to go until kick off!
No away goals
UEFA have made the decision to SCRAP the away goals rule in both the Champions League and the Europa League.
If the score is still level after two legs, the overall winner will be decided after 30 minutes of added time.
Penalties may also be used to determine the winner.
Courtesy of PaddyPower, the match odds for today’s game are:
- Borussia Dortmund – 4/11
- Draw – 15/4
- Rangers – 7/1
The maximum capacity at the Signal Iduna Park this evening is capped at 10,000 fans.
This is due to Coronavirus restrictions in Germany.
Rangers have been allocated 500 tickets.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst on today’s game
“Of course it’s different to play for 10k people than with a full stadium. We know the differences, we’ve had those games in this season also.
“But we’re still facing a good team so for me it’s no difference. We just have to go out and perform.
“It’s two games. We know we have the game next week at home so we want to have as good a result as possible to take back.
“Next week we have the second game at home with full backing and full capacity so the difference is there.
“Our aim is the same to get the best result possible.”[on Haaland] “No doubt everyone recognises the talent he has and the player he is. He’s one of the top strikers in the world.
“Of course it’s a case to prepare for the game without him. Dortmund have been playing without him for weeks so for me it’s just preparing the players for which opposition we will face and the qualities.”
“It looks like he is almost back to play but everyone recognises his talent. We have to prepare the game for which players we face.”
Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland has been ruled out of today’s fixture with a groin injury.
Marco Rose said: “He’s not an option.
“Not much has changed.”
“Gio Reyna will probably be back, Emre Can is still suspended from the last UCL game.”
Robby McCrorie, Nicky Hogarth, Leon King, Steven Davis, Aaron Ramsey, Glen Kamara, James Sands, Amad Diallo, Scott Wright.
The Sky Blues start in a 4-2-3-1 Formation.
Rangers starting line-up
Allan McGregor starts in goal.
James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Calvin Bassey and Borna Barisic form the defence.
Ryan Jack, John Lundstram, Joe Aribo, Ryan Kent and Scott Arfield start in midfield.
Alfredo Morelos leads the line.
Borussia Dortmund substitutes
Marwin Hitz, Luca Unbehaun, Giovanni Reyna, Thorgan Hazard, Youssoufa Moukoko, Reinier, Steffen Tigges, Felix Passlack, Marin Pongracic.
BVB start in a 4-3-3 formation.
Borussia Dortmund starting line-up
Gregor Kobel starts in goal with Raphael Guerreiro, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Mats Hummels and Manuel Akanji in defence.
Axel Witsel, Mahmoud Dahoud and Jude Bellingham make up the midfield.
Marco Reus, Julian Brandt and Donyell Malen form the front three.
Rangers team news
Alfredo Morelos is set to return to the starting line-up after being rested at the weekend.
Aaron Ramsey could make his European debut for the Light Blues. He joined the club on loan in January.
Allan McGregor is likely to return in goal for the Scottish side.
Borussia Dortmund team news
Erling Haaland will not be in contention after sustaining a groin injury.
Mats Hummels will be available. He returned to the starting line-up last weekend.
Marius Wolf is unavailable due to injury, whilst Emre Can is suspended.
Welcome to Borussia Dortmund vs Rangers
Good Afternoon and welcome to SunSport’s coverage of Borussia Dortmund vs Rangers.
A place in the last-16 of the Europa League is on the line this evening.
This is only the second time that Dortmund have failed to reach the knockout stages in the Champions League, but the yellows will have to get past a strong Rangers side if they want to stand any chance of succeeding in this competition.
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