By Liam McLeod BBC Scotland 24 Oct From the section Celtic Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45951723 Read more about sharing. Europa League: RB Leipzig v CelticVenue: Red Bull Arena, Date: Thursday, 25 October Kick-off: 17:55 BSTCoverage: Listen live on Radio Scotland & online; text commentary on BBC Sport website & appCeltic will face Germany's most controversial club on their latest Europa League assignment.RB Leipzig were formed less than a decade ago by Austrian Dietrich Mateschitz, who also happens to run energy drink giants Red Bull.The prefix in the club's title officially stands for RasenBallsport but is more than a nod to the parent company, an apparent ownership loophole which has upset many German football fans.But most of the ire from rival supporters stems from the … [Read more...] about RB Leipzig: Scouting report on Celtic’s next Europa League opponents
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Rangers are just 180 minutes away from sealing European football until at least the end of the year. An impressive 3-1 aggregate victory against Maribor has Steven Gerrard 's side on the verge of sealing a place in the Europa League . After an eight-year wait, group stage football is within tough distance and the Ibrox side's impressive win over the Slovenians has supporters dreaming of making an impact on the continent once again. Up next is Russian side Ufa and, despite not being one of the big names, this a tie that could pose Rangers plenty of problems. After two years of being miles off the pace in the Premiership, a host of shambolic signings and a lack of leadership both on and off the pitch, the Light Blue faithful are in dreamland. Record Sport Online delves deeper and analyses the side which stands between Rangers and their return to the big time. Who are FC Ufa? The Russians are only approaching their eighth birthday having been formed in December 2010. Their … [Read more...] about Who are Ufa and should Rangers be worried by Europa League opponents?
Hibs have discovered their potential opponents in the Europa League third qualifying round. Should Neil Lennon ’s side progress past Asteras Tripolis, then the winners of Molde v FK Laci lie in wait. For a start, an aggregate win over the Greeks for Hibs should be celebrated. But a place in the playoff will be no easy feat given who they would face in the round before. It would likely be Molde, with the Norwegians strong favourites to overcome the Albanians. So what about the two sides? Record Sport Online deals with the side likelier to form the opposition. Molde profiled No strangers to teams that come from Scotland and play in green, Molde beat Celtic home and away in the Europa League group stage three seasons ago. Ronny Deila’s side were left stunned when the Eliteserien club claimed 3-1 and 2-1 victories, with Kris Commons famously losing the plot with the Celtic bench. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in charge then, and the Manchester United legend remains manager. … [Read more...] about Who are Molde and Laci? Hibs’ potential Europa League opponents profiled
Rangers fans returning from a successful trip to Macedonia this week will be keeping their passports handy for another trip east in the coming days. After seeing off FK Shkupi in the Europa League first qualifying round it's a jaunt to Croatia next and a second round clash with another little-known side NK Osijek next Thursday, July 26. That this tie will provide Steven Gerrard and his players with a stiffer test is unquestionable. Particularly when you look at Osijek's performance in Europe last season. But who exactly are they, what dangers do they possess and what exactly can Rangers fans expect from the trip to the Balkans? Here Record Sport Online profile the Croatian outfit. Who are Osijek? The club in it's current form was established in 1967 after the original Proleter club - formed 20 years earlier - moved stadium and joined forces with a boxing and athletics club only for that association to fall apart. Thus Osijek emerged from the rubble and continued to play in … [Read more...] about Who are Osijek and what can Rangers expect from Europa League opponents?
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard sat down to face the media ahead of his side's Europa League qualifier against FK Shkupi. It will to be the first competitive game in charge of his new-look team and there was plenty to discuss ahead of the highly-anticipated curtain-raiser at Ibrox tomorrow. The Livepool legend has made nine additions to his Rangers squad in an already hectic summer transfer window and he hinted there will be more to come. He also addressed the future of Bruno Alves, discussed Lee Wallace's ongoing dispute with the club and provided injury updates on Graham Dorrans and Jordan Rossiter. Here, Record Sport Online brings you Gerrard's pre-match press conference in full: On how new signings are settling "Good players are on the same wavelength and good players gel pretty quick. That's what we try to go into the transfer market for. "We're trying to get the right balance and blend for what this team needs and what we felt was short when we came in. "We feel we've already … [Read more...] about Steven Gerrard Q&A in full as he talks signings, departures and Europa League