‘A special night’: Michael Owen predicts Rangers v Young Boys
Michael Owen looks ahead to Rangers' home clash with Young Boys in the Europa League on Thursday night
Michael Owen is backing Rangers to seal their spot in the last 32 of the Europa League with a home win over Young Boys on Thursday night.
Steven Gerrard’s side head into the game knowing that a draw would be enough to secure their qualification for the next round of Europe’s second tier club competition.
Rangers currently top group G and they will be looking to seal a home win against Young Boys to guarantee their progress as group winners.
Former Manchester United and Liverpool FC striker Owen is fully expecting the Scottish side to claim victory against the Swiss outfit and secure their place in the next round.
Writing in his column for BetVictor, Owen said: “A draw will be enough to see Rangers qualify but Steven Gerrard’s Rangers will top the group with a win, and I expect them to bounce back from their Hampden Park loss to Celtic on Sunday.
“That defeat did show just how far The Gers have come this season as they outplayed their Old Firm rivals for large periods of the game, and I believe they will do enough to take all three points at what is sure to be a special night at Ibrox.”
Rangers and Young Boys had previously met in just one European competition tie, in the 1977-78 European Cup Winners’ Cup preliminary round, with Rangers going through after a 1-0 win in Glasgow and 2-2 draw in Berne.
The Scottish side are unbeaten in three matches at home to visitors from Switzerland. They most recently beat Grasshoppers 2-1 in the group stage of the 1996-97 Champions League thanks to an Ally McCoist double.
Rangers are currently in second place in the Scottish Premiership table and two points behind leaders Celtic.
They will return to domestic action this weekend with a trip to Motherwell on Sunday lunchtime.