Rangers have had their Europa League group set and while it will be competitive, they have a chance to advance.
Rangers are placed in their Europa League group. With them is FC Porto of Portugal, Feyenoord of the Dutch Ervidise, and Young Boys of Switzerland.
With those three teams Rangers round out one of the more intriguing groups in the competition, while based off of name recognition Porto would seem to be the favorites given that they are regular competitors in the Champions League, but a failure to qualify and uninspiring start to their league campaign leaves serious questions about the current squad’s quality.
Feyenoord are a consistently solid dutch side which means they should certainly be solid, and Young Boys are the only domestic champions in the group having won Switzerland by a comfortable margin last season.
With Porto looking shaky in the young season, this is truly a group that is anyone’s for the taking. It is, honestly, not that different from Rangers’ draw last season in the competition. If Rangers can play at their best level they will have a very real chance to get out of the group, on the other hand, it wouldn’t shock anyone if they finished last.
It will be a big chance for Steven Gerrard’s side to show it’s improvements this season. Last season was a magical run to make the group stages and they were almost a “just happy to be here” team at that point despite coming close to making the knockout stages. This season, as a result, there is a larger pressure to do better.