KF Shkupi vs Rangers betting tips: Europa League qualifying match preview & predictions

KF Shkupi vs Rangers prediction: FK Shkupi 1-2 Rangers

Steven Gerrard took charge of Rangers for the first time on Thursday as his new side began their European adventure.

They beat Macedonian side KF Shkupi 2-0 at Ibrox and will hope to finish the job in the second leg.

Rangers have not participated in the group stage of a European competition since they were in the Champions League group stages in 2011 so will be desperate to end that long wait.

KF Shkupi vs Rangers: Who will win?

Rangers are heavy favourites once again and are priced at 1/4 to win this game.

KF Shkupi are a huge 15/2 to claim the biggest scalp of their history by defeating Rangers.

Josh Windass, who had three excellent chances in the first leg, is 9/2 first goalscorer. As is the man who broke the deadlock at Ibrox, Jamie Murphy.


WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 17: Steven Gerrard is seen prior to the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns on December 17, 2016 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Rangers vs KF Shkupi Skopje match preview

Steven Gerrard’s appointment as manager of Rangers manager has bought optimism back to Ibrox that he might be the man to bring glory back to the West End of Glasgow.

Last week, a 50,000 sell out crowd saw their side win 2-0. That was thanks to a goals by Jamie Murphy, mid way through the first half, and a late penalty by new club captain James Tavernier.

KF Shkupi Skopje were only promoted to the Macedonian First League three years ago and this is their first ever European campaign.

Rangers cannot take this game lightly. Last season they beat Progrès Niederkorn 1-0 at home before a 2-0 defeat in Luxembourg saw them embarrassingly crash out.

There could be an intimidating atmosphere for Rangers. This match will take place at the Philip II Stadium which is expected to be sold out to its 33,460 capacity.

Rangers first leg goals vs KF Shkupi – videos

Rangers team news vs FK Shkupi Skopje

Steven Gerrard has already been busy in the transfer market; 9 new players have signed for Rangers and 6 of them started last week’s first leg.

Nikola Katić, Connor Goldson, Jon Flanagan and Scott Arfield all made their debuts on Thursday. Alan McGregor and Jamie Murphy also started on their returns to Ibrox.

Lassana Coulibaly and Umar Sadiq both didn’t join in time to play in the first leg but could make their debuts in Skopje.

There are injury concerns surrounding Graham Dorrans, Lee Wallace and Wes Foderingham who are all unlikely to feature.

Scott Arfield limped off too and it’s about 50/50 whether he will be fit enough to feature.

KF Shkupi Skopje team news vs Rangers

Zekirija Ramadani’s side have no injury concerns and it is likely that he’ll name the same side that started at Ibrox.

Blazhe Ilijoski is their danger man having scored 13 goals in 18 appearances since joining in January.

Teenager Basilio Ndong Owono really impressed in the first leg and his pace means he could cause Rangers’ back line some problems.

Predicted KF Shkupi Skopje Lineup vs Rangers

Predicted Rangers Lineup vs FK Shkupi Skopje

The latest tweets from Rangers pre FK Shkupi Skopje

 

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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