Former Celtic player turned football pundit Charlie Nicholas has predicted on Sky Sports that the Gers will only secure a draw against Vienna on Thursday.
It’s a must win game for Rangers. The Gers find themselves third in the Group G table, behind Villarreal and Rapid Vienna, both tied at seven points. A victory tonight will seal their qualification to the knock-out rounds.
Nicholas says that Steven Gerrard, the Rangers boss, has done extremely well to take the club to this stage, but he feels a draw is the more likely outcome.
“It could be goodnight Vienna for Rangers. They’re capable of going there and winning the game but I think it’s just a game too far for them,” said Nicholas to Sky Sports.
“Steven Gerrard has done amazingly well to even get them into this position but I think a draw is the best they can get and that’ll mean them going out.”
Celtic find themselves second in the Group B table. RB Salzburg are top of the group with 15 points. Celtic need just a draw tonight to progress to the next round.
Nicholas expects a tough match for the Bhoys, but he is confident that his former side will get a goal and progress through to the next round.
“This is not an easy game and Celtic aren’t great at retaining the ball in Europe. I expect it to be a nervy night but I think Celtic will get a goal and that’ll be enough to get them through,” Nicholas added.