Europe This Year

Europa League

Rangers will play Sporting Lisbon – with of course none other than ex-Ger Pedro Mendes – in the last 32 of the Europa League. The first leg will be at Ibrox on February 17th with the away leg being in Portugal 7 days later.

The winner of this tie will go on to play the winner of Lille V PSV Eindhoven – these matches will be played on March the 10th and 17th – with the winner of Rangers V Sporting Lisbon away in the first leg.

The full draw is below:

Teams mentioned first play at home in the opening legs.

Round of 32 draw
SSC Napoli (ITA) v Villarreal CF (ESP)
Rangers FC (SCO) v Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)
AC Sparta Praha (CZE) v Liverpool FC (ENG)
RSC Anderlecht (BEL) v AFC Ajax (NED)
KKS Lech Poznań (POL) v SC Braga (POR)
Beşiktaş JK (TUR) v FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
FC Basel 1893 (SUI) v FC Spartak Moskva (RUS)
BSC Young Boys (SUI) v FC Zenit St Petersburg (RUS)
Aris Thessaloniki FC (GRE) v Manchester City FC (ENG)*
Sevilla FC (ESP) v FC Porto (POR)**
FC Rubin Kazan (RUS) v FC Twente (NED)
LOSC Lille Métropole (FRA) v PSV Eindhoven (NED)
SL Benfica (POR) v VfB Stuttgart (GER)
FC BATE Borisov (BLR) v Paris Saint-Germain FC (FRA)
FC Metalist Kharkiv (UKR) v Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER)

* first leg scheduled for Tuesday 15 February
** second leg scheduled for Tuesday 22 February

Round of 16 draw
Benfica/Stuttgart v BATE/PSG
Beşiktaş/Dynamo Kyiv v Aris/Manchester City
Rubin/Twente v Young Boys/Zenit
PAOK/CSKA Moskva v Sevilla/Porto
Lille/PSV v Rangers/Sporting
Metalist/Leverkusen v Napoli/Villarreal
Anderlecht/Ajax v Basel/Spartak Moskva
Sparta Praha/Liverpool v Lech/Braga

We are looking to organise a trip to Lisbon for the Rangers game against Sporting on the 24th of February.

As there are so many flight options and routes available – and its on a Thursday night so some people my want to stay for the weekend – we won’t be organising any specific flights. Instead we will look to all meet up in a recommended hotel and organise tickets for the match if possible.  We need the names of anybody planning to join the club trip ASAP as we will look to book the tickets via Rangers Travel Club.

NOTE:  if you are stuck for someone to travel with or ideas on routes, please let us know and we’ll supply you the travel plans that we are aware of so you can join some of the other members.

The hotel we are planning to use is the VINCCI BAIXA: it is 7km from the airport and apparently well positioned in the Baixa downtown district of Lisbon. You can view the hotel website by clicking on the following link:

The best price we  have found is on £166 for two nights per room for max 2 persons.

If you are interested in joining with the club trip please contact Stuart Baird ( ASAP so that we know numbers for tickets etc.  NOTE: there is no guarantee of tickets and we will probably require anybody getting tickets to be a member of the Travel Club already or to join the Travel Club.

The Champions League Campaign

Manchester United FC – Rangers FC

Rangers FC – Bursaspor

Rangers FC – Valencia CF

Valencia CF V Rangers FC

Rangers FC – Manchester United FC

Bursaspor – Rangers FC

How The Group Finished

Group C

  Clubs P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Manchester United FC Manchester United FC 6 4 2 0 7 1 6 14
2 Valencia CF Valencia CF 6 3 2 1 15 4 11 11
3 Rangers FC Rangers FC 6 1 3 2 3 6 -3 6
4 Bursaspor Bursaspor 6 0 1 5 2 16 -14 1