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 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 season and is aware of that Union, who had been narrowly overwhelmed to the title by Membership Brugge final time period, can be robust opponents.
The ahead has watched the Brussels outfit, who returned to the highest flight for the primary time in 49 years after successful 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, Purple 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 evening.
“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 although I had left and they’re an excellent facet. 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 virtually received the league. They topped the league and misplaced within the play-offs. It’s a excellent competitors.
“I’ve had conversations with my pals in Belgium about them, particularly after they had been prime of the league. We talked about them earlier than the draw and earlier than we knew we had 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 after I watched – however now we face them! It’s changing into very attention-grabbing. I did the correct factor to observe them a bit of bit as a result of I’ve an thought about how they play.
“Truthfully, at the moment I wasn’t on the lookout for their weaknesses as a result of I didn’t know we had been going to be going through them. Now now we have individuals who analyse the groups that we’re going to be going through 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 sport simply. That’s one thing that us gamers are targeted 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 all the pieces collectively. The staff is wanting very thrilling, even higher this season. I feel we’re going to have a extremely good season.
“It was superb to play towards such good groups within the Europa League final season. However Rangers is a kind of massive groups. It’s simply that we play in a league that folks don’t contemplate to be good. Individuals assume the Scottish league is the worst league on the earth.
“However you could have 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 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 can 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 all the time desirous about successful.”