FASHION Sakala is assured Rangers will be capable of draw on the teachings they discovered throughout their epic Europa League run final season of their Champions League qualifier towards 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 time and is aware of that Union, who had been narrowly crushed to the title by Membership Brugge final time period, might 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 staff mates about them. However the Zambian, who featured within the wins over Brondby, Sparta Prague, Pink Star, Braga and RB Leipzig in addition to the ultimate towards Eintracht Frankfurt within the 2021/22 marketing campaign, believes Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s staff has the expertise to cope with the third qualifying spherical match within the Den Dreef on Tuesday night time.
“Union had 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 despite the fact that I had left and they’re an excellent aspect. However clearly we’re Rangers so we’re prepared for them.
“This staff 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 superb competitors.
“I’ve had conversations with my mates in Belgium about them, particularly once they had been high of the league. We talked about them earlier than the draw and earlier than we knew we had been dealing with them. So I knew rather a lot 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 fascinating. I did the fitting factor to observe them just a little 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 had been going to be dealing with them. Now now we have individuals who analyse the groups that we’re going to be dealing with so I do know their weaknesses.”
Sakala added: “Trying 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 centered on – now we 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 thing collectively. The staff is wanting very thrilling, even higher this season. I believe we’re going to have a extremely good season.
“It was wonderful to play towards such good groups within the Europa League final season. However Rangers is a type of massive groups. It’s simply that we play in a league that folks don’t contemplate to be good. Folks suppose the Scottish league is the worst league on the earth.
“However you’ve got groups who can play in massive, massive competitors. As a result of Dortmund had been taking part in in Bundesliga everybody thought they had 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 house 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 file 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. “Each side might be going to a spot we’re not used to. Will probably be a 50-50 state of affairs. However we’re Rangers so we’re at all times excited about profitable.”