Rangers starting team named for Europa League last 16 clash vs Benfica

A place in the Europa League quarter-final is on the line at Ibrox.

Clement names Rangers starting team vs Benfica in Europa League last 16 clash SNS Group

Rangers manager Philippe Clement has named his starting line-up for their Europa League last-16 second-leg clash against Benfica.

The Portuguese giants arrive in Ibrox for the 5.45pm kick-off following last week’s 2-2 draw in Lisbon that leaves the tie on a knife-edge.

Whoever gets through the tie will take their place in the quarter-finals with the likes of Liverpool, AC Milan, AS Roma and Bayer Leverkusen among potential next round opponents.

If there is no winner in 90 minutes then Thursday night’s game will need extra-time and a penalty shootout.

Tom Lawrence and Dujon Sterling both scored for Rangers in the away tie with World Cup winning Argentina star Angel Di Maria netting from the spot for Benfica with a Connor Goldson own-goal sealing the draw.

Clement has named Jack Butland in goals behind a defence of James Tavernier, Goldson, John Souttar and Ridvan Yilmaz.

John Lundstram anchors a three-man midfield beside Mohamed Diomande with Lawrence supporting a front three of Scott Wright, Fabio Silva and Cyriel Dessers.

Todd Cantwell returns to the squad and his named among the substitutes but Dujon Sterling will miss the game through injury.

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