Malmo midfielder Jo Inge Berget says his side want to hit Rangers “from below” when they play each other in Tuesday’s Champions League third-round qualifier (Match Betting – Malmo 6/4, Draw 21/10, Rangers 8/5).
Steven Gerrard’s (pictured) men got the defence of their league title off to the perfect start on Saturday with a comfortable 3-0 win against Livingston.
Their European campaign commences on Tuesday evening with a trip to Sweden to face Malmo.
Malmo currently sit second in the Allsvenskan with their season taking place throughout the summer.
They are usually the favourites in any game they take part in but Rangers are well-fancied to advance through to the final qualification stage for the groups.
Berget (7/2 – Anytime goalscorer), who played for Rangers’ arch-rivals Celtic during a brief loan spell in 2014, says the aim is to catch the Gers out and believes his team will relish being out of the spotlight.
He said: “It is a different situation (than we’re used to). It’s been a long time since we were underdogs and this is our chance to hit from below.
“It is a new challenge for us and hopefully we can make a good performance.
“It is a team that is used to winning and it is important for us not to let them play their own game. We have to use the ball when we have it and give them something they are not used to from their own league.”
Malmo are seeking to make the Champions League group stages for the first time since 2015 when they faced Real Madrid and PSG in the group.
Rangers’ absence from Europe’s top competition stretches to over a decade with 2010 being their last group stage participation.
The last time these two sides met at this stage of Champions League qualification was in 2011 with Malmo winning 2-1 on aggregate.