UEFA Europa League - 2020/21 SeasonMatch press kits
|Rangers FC||Ibrox Stadium - GlasgowThursday 29 October 2020|
21.00CET (20.00 local time) Group D - Matchday 2
|KKS Lech Poznań|
Rangers entertain Lech Poznań in Glasgow fresh from an impressive opening win in UEFA Europa League Group D.
• While the Scottish giants beat Standard Liège 2-0 in Belgium on Matchday 1 courtesy of a James Tavernier penalty and a sensational added-time strike from his own half by Kemar Roofe – his first European goal – there was no joy for Lech as they were defeated 4-2 in Poland by Benfica despite a double from Swedish striker Mikael Ishak.
• The clubs are meeting in UEFA competition for the first time.
• Rangers' four previous home games against Polish sides have yielded three wins and a defeat. The most recent contest came last season against Legia Warszawa and provided a dramatic climax as an added-time goal from Alfredo Morelos gave Steven Gerrard's side a decisive 1-0 win at Ibrox in the second leg of the UEFA Europa League play-offs following a 0-0 draw in Warsaw.
• Lech lost their two previous matches against Scottish opposition without scoring, 0-2 away and 0-1 at home against eventual winners Aberdeen in the 1982/83 European Cup Winners' Cup second round.
• Rangers were in second place 13 points behind Celtic when the 2019/20 Scottish Premiership came to a premature end. They also enjoyed a lengthy run in Europe, progressing from the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League all the way to the round of 16, where, as Scotland's last team standing, they were eliminated by Bayer Leverkusen (1-3 h, 0-1 a).
• Gerrard's side were obliged to come through three qualifiers to reach this season's group stage, beating Lincoln Red Imps (5-0) and Willem II (4-0) on the road before a 2-1 play-off success against Galatasaray in Glasgow. This is the club's third successive group stage participation. They finished third in their section two seasons ago but came through last term in second place behind Porto, their nine-point total enabling them to finish ahead of Young Boys and Feyenoord.
• Rangers were undefeated in 17 home European matches (W12 D5) until they lost 3-1 to Leverkusen in last season's round of 16 first leg. They have failed to keep a clean sheet, however, in their last four European fixtures at Ibrox, conceding seven times over that stretch.
• Runners-up to Legia Warszawa in the 2019/20 Polish Ekstraklasa, Lech thus returned to Europe after a year's absence and are now participating in the UEFA Europa League group stage for the third time.
• Dariusz Żuraw's side came through four qualifying ties to reach this stage, beating Valmiera of Latvia 3-0 at home before stringing together successive away wins at Hammarby (3-0), Apollon Limassol (5-0) and, in the play-offs, Charleroi (2-1). On their group stage debut, in 2010/11, they qualified alongside Manchester City at the expense of Juventus and Salzburg before losing in the round of 32 to Braga (1-0 h, 0-2 a), whereas in 2015/16 they managed just five points and finished third in their section behind Basel and Fiorentina.
• Lech's hat-trick of away wins in this season's qualifying phase followed a five-match winless streak on the road in European competition (D2 L3). In the UEFA Europa League group stage their away record is W2 D2 L2.
Links and trivia
• Lech's Thomas Rogne played in Glasgow for Celtic from January 2010 to July 2013, making 59 appearances in all competitions for the club. One of his two Celtic goals came against Rangers in a 3-2 defeat at Ibrox on 15 March 2012.
• Borna Barišić (Rangers) and Marko Malenica (Lech) played together at Croatian top-flight side Osijek in 2013/14.
• Rangers defender Filip Helander and Lech forward Ishak were members of Sweden's triumphant squad at the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic.
• The last of Rangers manager Gerrard's 21 international goals for England came against Poland – in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier at Wembley on 15 October 2013 that England won 2-0.