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Rangers v RB Leipzig LIVE commentary and team news: Gers will pay tribute to kitman Jimmy Bell as they seek to return and reach the Europa League final


Rangers host RB Leipzig at Ibrox this week as Gers look to overturn their draw with the Germans to reach the Europa League final.

A superb volley from Angelino late in the first leg gave Leipzig a slight advantage in the semi-finals.

Van Bronckhorst’s Rangers take on RB Leipzig in the Europa League this week

But Rangers will hope the home advantage counts when the Bundesliga side travel to Scotland.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side are still mourning the brutal death of kitman Jimmy Bell and will play in his honor on Thursday night.

The Scottish giants will also be delighted with their superb European performances this season having already knocked out Borussia Dortmund, Red Star Belgrade and Braga.

Now they will be looking for another huge display and set up a Europa League final clash against West Ham or Eintracht Frankfurt.

Rangers v Leipzig: talkSPORT commentary

This clash in the Europa League will take place on Thursday, May 5.

talkSPORT 2 will have exclusive coverage from Glasgow with a scheduled kick-off at 8pm.

Adrian Durham will be your host while commentary will come from Nigel Adderley and former Rangers midfielder Charlie Adam.

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Rangers v RB Leipzig LIVE commentary and team news: Gers will pay tribute to kitman Jimmy Bell as they seek to return and reach the Europa League final
Rangers star Ramsey could be fit to face Leipzig
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Rangers v Leipzig: Team news

Striker Kemar Roofe and on-loan midfielder Aaron Ramsey could return from their respective knee and hamstring issues to face Leipzig.

On their availability, Van Bronckhorst said: “It depends on how the training will go.

“When they got injured, we all knew they would work for the game against Leipzig.

“Of course I will wait as long as possible, but the most important thing for me is that they are physically able to play a part in the game, that is always the deciding factor.

“We still have a day to prepare. Today [Wednesday] will be an important day for both.

“I can’t tell you if they’re in the squad or not.”

Rangers v RB Leipzig LIVE commentary and team news: Gers will pay tribute to kitman Jimmy Bell as they seek to return and reach the Europa League final
Rangers have enjoyed superb European performances this season
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Rangers v Leipzig: What was said?

Van Bronckhorst believes the character of his Rangers players will shine against Leipzig as they still mourn Bell’s passing.

“Yesterday wasn’t to keep our spirits up, we were all shocked by the news of Jimmy’s passing, it was a tough day for all of us,” the Rangers boss said.

“I think everyone was really depressed, as you can imagine, so yesterday we didn’t do much.

“We were at the training ground, but the mood was very depressed and still in shock.

“I don’t think we felt like we had to keep our spirits up.

“We talked about him, we shared the personal stories we had with Jimmy and now we look to Leipzig.

“It was already a very big game, but we are all very determined to go out tomorrow to give everything we can to make everyone proud, especially to make Jimmy proud.

“We’re still crying, we’re still down, but the character of my players is the best I’ve seen in any team I’ve coached and I’m sure the character, the determination will be there and we’ll do everything to make it happen. reach the final.

“We are back and we will try to prepare as best we can. I think we will be ready.

Rangers v RB Leipzig LIVE commentary and team news: Gers will pay tribute to kitman Jimmy Bell as they seek to return and reach the Europa League final
The Europa League final is fast approaching
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Rangers vs Leipzig: Match stats

  • Rangers host a major UEFA European semi-final for the first time since April 2008, in the UEFA Cup against Fiorentina; they have managed to reach the final in four of their last five semi-finals in major European UEFA competitions (1961, 1967 and 1972 Cup Winners’ Cup and 2008 UEFA Cup). Heading into the 2021-22 campaign, only Porto (5/6) and Sevilla (6/6) have a higher rate of progress from the main UEFA European semi-finals than Rangers (80% – min. 5 draws).
  • RB Leipzig managed 10 shots in the first leg at home, their fewest since dropping out of the UEFA Europa League earlier this season, with Angeliño’s winner netting the game’s last shot in the 85th minute. Rangers, however, managed just six shots on target in their last 300 minutes of action in the competition.
  • Since the formation of the UEFA Europa League in 2009, only four teams (out of 17 fixtures) have managed to overturn a first-leg semi-final defeat to qualify for the final, however, each of those occasions has followed a single goal. defeat in the first leg, Liverpool (vs Villareal) being the last team to do so in 2015-16.
  • RB Leipzig’s only previous away encounter in Scotland was a 2-1 loss to Celtic in the UEFA Champions League group stage in 2018-19, meaning each of the three matches between them and the teams Scottish have all been won by the local team.
  • After the first leg which was the very first encounter between Rangers and RB Leipzig, the Scottish side will host their German counterparts for the very first time. They are, however, winless in their last three home games against German sides (D1 L2), since beating Werder Bremen in March 2008.
  • Ten of Christopher Nkunku’s 11 goals for RB Leipzig in major European competition have come this season, leaving only Karim Benzema (14), Robert Lewandowski (13) and Sébastien Haller (11) with more goals in 2021-22 in Champions League, Europa League and Conference League before the return matches. Indeed, he is currently tied with Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg for the most goals in Leipzig’s short European history (excluding qualifying).
  • Rangers’ James Tavernier (5) has scored more home goals in the UEFA Europa League this season than any other player, scoring via a penalty in each of his last three games in the competition at Ibrox. If he scored a penalty in this match, he would be the first player to score by this method in four consecutive home matches in the competition.
  • RB Leipzig are looking to qualify for their first-ever European final as a club, with this first two-man semi-final. The German side, however, have progressed by four of their other six knockout matches in European competition.





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