31 August 2020 12:34
RANGERS will travel to Gibraltar to face Lincoln Red Imps in the Europa League second qualifying round. Steven Gerrard's men are entering the competition at this stage and have now discovered their first opponents as they bid to reach the group stages once again. 3 Gerrard and Rangers enter the competition at this stage Credit: Willie Vass - The Sun The minnows are no strangers to Scottish football after stunning Celtic in Brendan Rodgers' first game in charge four years ago. Lee Casciaro - who still plays for the club - grabbed the only goal of the first-leg victory before the Hoops turned the tie around at home. The part-timers earned a crack at Rangers after a win over Union Titus in the first qualifying stage and they will be out to cause similar humiliation to the Ibrox men as they did to their Old Firm rivals back in 2016.
The Light Blues have navigated their way through the qualification process the last two seasons and will have their sights on a third successive campaign in the Europa League proper. Lincoln Red Imps factfile FOUNDED: 1976. STADIUM: Victoria Stadium (2,000). MANAGER: William Amaral de Andrade. Brazilian defender who made over 100 appearances for Benfica.
He's managed in the Portuguese lower leagues and at Gibraltar rivals Mons Calpe. HONOURS: 24 Gibraltar league titles, 17 Gibraltar Cups. STAR MAN: Sunday Emmanuel. The striker has won four caps for Nigeria in a nomadic career that's seen him play for clubs in Portugal, Austria and Vietnam. INTERESTING FACT: Lincoln Red Imps were the first ever club from Gibraltar to play in European competition and got a 1-1 draw when they played HB from the Faroe Islands before losing the return leg. Famously beat Celtic in Brendan Rodgers' first game four years ago. The only difference this time around is that all matches will be a one-off clash. Rangers impressed last season and reached the last 16 of the competition. 3 Lincoln Red Imps shocked Celtic in 2016 and will now face Rangers Credit: Kenny Ramsay - The Sun Glasgow They eventually lost out to Bundesliga giants Bayer Leverkusen but the Ibrox side picked up some memorable wins along the way. The two-legged last 32 win over Braga stands out - after recovering from two goals down to record a stunning 3-2 win at Ibrox before a 1-0 win in Portugal. 3 Rangers recorded a stunning win over Braga in last season's competition Credit: Getty Images - Getty Group stage victories over Porto, Feyenoord also created special European nights for Gerrard's men and they will be hoping for a return to that big stage once again. The likes of Kemar Roofe, Jon McLaughlin, Cedric Itten and Calvin Bassey have all joined the club this summer and could all get a first taste of European football in a Rangers shirt. The tie is due to take place on September 17 with extra-time and a penalty shoot-out required to decide the winner if the score is level after 90 minutes. The winners advance to the third qualifying stage. The Light Blues will go into the clash full of confidence having started the Premiership season in superb form. They've picked up five wins and one draw from their opening six fixtures and are yet to concede in the league this season. Rangers go into the international break top of the table and return to action against Dundee United at Ibrox on September 12 before their opening Europa League clash. Gerrard and Co will also discover their potential third qualifying round opponents tomorrow with the tie taking place on September 24. The same match rules apply with the winner reaching the play-off round and finding themselves just 90 minutes away from the lucrative group stages. Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers at the Scottish Sun football page Tottenham and Rangers are among the sides that will discover their opponents in the second qualifying round of the Europa League today. A total of 92 teams across the continent are involved in the draw with the winners progressing to the third qualifying round as they eye a group-stage berth. Linfield, Connah's Quay Nomads, Motherwell, TNS, Coleraine, Aberdeen and Bala are the other British sides in the draw, while Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers represent the Republic of Ireland. Matches will take place on September 17 and will be one leg behind closed doors with extra-time and penalties if required. The draw is expected to take place around midday - and we will have all the ties as they are pulled out LIVE right here.