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Would you bet on Rangers to reach the Europa League Final

No one fancied the Rangers side managed by Walter Smith to reach the Europa League final in 2008. But they did just that qualified for the final of the tier two competition of Europe. Sasa Papac who played as a left sided fullback in that team believes the Rangers can do it again in 2019.

The season began with a lot of excitement for Rangers as Steven Gerrard, the Liverpool legend, was appointed as manager. He has had a massive influence on the team in his first few months at the helm and the way Rangers have started the season is promising. But can they repeat the achievement of 2008?

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Anyway let us now see how realistic is the target that Papac says Rangers can achieve.

Form in the second part of the season important

With two games to play in the group stage of the Europa League, Rangers have a good chance of qualification for the round of thirty-two. They play the group leaders Villareal next in Europa League and if they can bring their league form to this game they could beat Villareal. Given Rangers' stuttering form Villareal has been installed as the bookmakers' favourite. The odds are at 11/10 with betfair and 21/ 20 with William Hill for a Villareal win. But this game could surprise us all and therefore comes as an excellent opportunity to make use of these Europa League betting offers & tips.

For a club still in transition their position in the league is very satisfactory. Their performances have not been consistent but the results are there to show for the brand of football Rangers are playing. If they can put a string of consistent performances through February and March they have a real chance of going the distance in the Europa League.

A manager who does not fear to experiment

Due to the career that he has had Gerrard commands respect in the world of football. But that does not prevent a manager from getting the sack if the results are awful. Early in their career managers are always cautious in their approach when planning for a game. They employ defensive tactics just to get a result out of the game. However Gerrard has shown no such fear and instead started implementing his idea of football from the very beginning.

Despite having played under a lot of defensive coaches Gerrard has adopted an attacking style. His plan took some time to come into place but things are finally happening for his team. In their last league match they put seven goals in Motherwell's net. Their last Europa league result might not be a desirable one as they lost 4-3 against Spartak Moskva but the game displayed clear signs of the attacking philosophy Gerrard wants to implement.