Trend Sakala offers the lowdown on Royale Union Saint-Gilloise and explains why he thinks Rangers will win

FASHION Sakala is assured Rangers will be capable to draw on the teachings they realized throughout their epic Europa League run final season of their Champions League qualifier in opposition to Belgian rivals Royal Union Saint-Gilloise and progress to the play-offs.

Sakala spent three years taking part in within the Jupiler Professional League with Oostende earlier than transferring to Glasgow on a free switch final summer season and is aware of that Union, who have been narrowly overwhelmed to the title by Membership Brugge final time period, shall be robust opponents.

The ahead has watched the Brussels outfit, who returned to the highest flight for the primary time in 49 years after profitable the Challenger Professional League final 12 months, in motion on tv and spoken to former workforce mates about them. However the Zambian, who featured within the wins over Brondby, Sparta Prague, Crimson Star, Braga and RB Leipzig in addition to the ultimate in opposition to Eintracht Frankfurt within the 2021/22 marketing campaign, believes Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s workforce has the expertise to cope with the third qualifying spherical match within the Den Dreef on Tuesday night time.

“Union have been within the decrease league within the time I used to be there,” he stated. “However I’ve watched a few of their video games within the Belgian league though I had left and they’re a great aspect. However clearly we’re Rangers so we’re prepared for them.

“This workforce we’re going to face within the Champions League have simply come from the Second Division and so they nearly received the league. They topped the league and misplaced within the play-offs. It’s a excellent competitors.

“I’ve had conversations with my buddies in Belgium about them, particularly once they have been prime of the league. We talked about them earlier than the draw and earlier than we knew we have been going through them. So I knew so much about them earlier than.

“I’ve watched some video games that they performed. I wasn’t that once I watched – however now we face them! It’s turning into very attention-grabbing. I did the best factor to observe them a bit bit as a result of I’ve an concept about how they play.

“Truthfully, at the moment I wasn’t searching for their weaknesses as a result of I didn’t know we have been going to be going through them. Now we now have individuals who analyse the groups that we’re going to be going through so I do know their weaknesses.”

Sakala added: “Wanting on the journey we had final season, everyone seems to be anticipating us to win this recreation simply. That’s one thing that us gamers are targeted on – we now have to win.

“I imagine we’re going to do it as a result of our goal is to play within the Champions League this season. That’s the dream of every participant. Final season we had an excellent season as a result of we did every little thing collectively. The workforce is trying very thrilling, even higher this season. I feel we’re going to have a very good season.

“It was superb to play in opposition to such good groups within the Europa League final season. However Rangers is a type of huge groups. It’s simply that we play in a league that individuals don’t take into account to be good. Folks assume the Scottish league is the worst league on the planet.

“However you have got groups who can play in huge, huge competitors. As a result of Dortmund have been taking part in in Bundesliga everybody thought they have been the favourites to win. However we shocked them. We’re taking part in on this league, however Rangers is above this competitors, this league.”

Union aren’t allowed to play the primary leg of the third qualifying spherical double header at dwelling as a result of the Joseph Marien Stadium doesn’t meet UEFA necessities and Sakala suspects the swap of venue to the close by Den Dreef will assist Rangers report a win.

“I really feel it is a bonus for us that they’ve modified the venue as a result of they’re clearly extra snug in their very own stadium,” he stated. “Either side shall be going to a spot we aren’t used to. Will probably be a 50-50 scenario. However we’re Rangers so we’re all the time serious about profitable.”


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