New Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst feels his players already know what is required from them as they prepare for the manager’s first game in the Ibrox dugout against Sparta Prague (Rangers 8/13, draw 3/1, Sparta Prague 9/2 – Match Betting).
Following the untimely exit of Steven Gerrard back south of the border to Aston Villa, Rangers moved quickly to snap up former Light Blues defender Van Bronckhorst.
The Dutch manager has only had a few days preparing the side, but the former Feyenoord manager believes the players know what is expected of them.
“It has been a very short time with the players, but I think they can already sense what I want to change and what is needed to become successful again,” Van Bronckhorst said.
“Not only on the pitch but the way we behave as a team and the way we prepare mentally. You cannot do everything in two days, I need more time, but step by step, I am sure the players will understand the way I work and the way I want to play.”
Both Rangers and Sparta Prague sit on four points going into the encounter, while Lyon lead the way with four wins from four so far.
Old Firm rivals Celtic are also in action on Thursday night as they face a tough challenge away at Bayer Leverkusen (Bayer Leverkusen 4/9, draw 9/2, Celtic 11/2 – Match Betting).
Leverkusen have been the standout team in Group G, having won three of their four outings in the Europa League this season.
However, the Hoops have found some form in the competition thanks to back-to-back wins over Ferencvaros and manager Ange Postecoglou will be looking to build on that as the Bhoys head to Germany.
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Thursday night also sees two Premier League teams in action, with Leicester City desperate to get back to winning ways as they host Legia Warsaw (Leicester 1/6, draw 13/2, Legia Warsaw 16/1 – Match Betting).
The Foxes are winless in their last four outings in all competitions, but a win over Warsaw could still see Leicester climb from bottom to top of Group C.
Elsewhere West Ham will look to secure top spot in Group H, as the Hammers travel to Rapid Vienna (Rapid Vienna 9/2, draw 16/5, West Ham 3/5 – Match Betting).
David Moyes’ side are four points clear of Dinamo Zagreb, and a win over bottom-placed Vienna would see the top spot assured for the Londoners.