Quick Bit: Rangers begin their quest to return to the Champions League group stage with the a third-round qualifier against Belgian side Union Saint-Gilloise.

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Rangers are within striking distance of a place in the Champions League group stages for the first time since 2010 ahead of taking on Union Saint-Gilloise in August’s third-round qualifying series.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side made it all the way to the Europa League final last season, where they lost to Eintracht Frankfurt, but they want a Champions League return in 2022/23.

Rangers’ stronger UEFA seeding means they will play the second leg at home, on August 9, after traveling to Belgium for the first leg, a week earlier.

With the Scottish Premiership season kicking off on July 30, Rangers will be back in competitive action ahead of these matches, and Van Bronckhorst will hope his side are in good shape for the qualifiers.

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When is Union Saint-Gilloise vs. Rangers?

Union Saint-Gilloise will host the first leg at the Stade Joseph Marien in Brussels, Belgium. It will kick off at 19:45 BST on Tuesday, August 2.

Date
Time
Stadium
Tue, Aug. 2 /Wed, Aug. 3 (in AUS)
19:45 BST (Aug. 2)14:45 ET (Aug. 2)04:45 AEST (Aug. 3)
Stade Joseph Marien(Brussels)

Union Saint-Gilloise vs. Rangers TV channel, live stream

UK viewers can watch the game live via Premier Sports 1 or the Premier Sports Player, with options available for other global audiences, including TUDN, Paramount+ for the US and Canada and Stan Sport for fans in Australia.

UK
USA
Canada
Australia
Date
Tue, Aug. 2
Tue, Aug. 2
Tue, Aug. 2
Wed, Aug. 3
Time
19:45 BST
14:45 ET
14:45 ET
04:45 AEST
TV channel
Premier Sports 1

Streaming
Premier Sports Player
Paramount+
DAZN
Stan Sport

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Union Saint-Gilloise vs Rangers squads

Union Saint-Gilloise have enjoyed a busy schedule of summer matches, including a win over Feyenoord and draws with Brighton & Hove Albion and Sporting Lisbon, as their domestic season kicks back into life.

The hosts are also back in league action ahead of this game with head coach Karel Geraerts looking to build on their second-place finish in the Jupiler Pro League playoffs in 2021/22.

Rangers kick off their Scottish Premiership season on July 30 at Livingston, representing their final test before their Champions League qualifier. The club’s preseason featured a 3-1 win against West Ham and a narrow 2-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur.

Union Saint-Gilloise squad

Goalkeepers: Anthony Moris, Lucas Pirard.

Defenders: Siebe Van Der Heyden, Ismael Kandouss, Christian Burgess, Viktor Boone, Ross Sykes, Arnaud Dony, Bart Nieuwkoop, Guillaume Francois.

Midfielders: Teddy Teuma, Cameron Puertas, Lazare Amani, Senne Lynen, Lorenzo Paolucci, Loic Lapoussin.

Wingers/Forwards: Marcel Lewis, Ilyes Ziani, Simon Adingra, Dante Vanzeir, Dennis Eckert Ayensa.

Rangers squad

Goalkeepers: Allan MacGregor, Jon McLaughlin, Robby McCrorie.

Defenders: James Tavernier, Filip Helander, Ben Davies, Connor Goldson, Jack Simpson, Nikola Katic, Mateusz Zukowski, Leon King, John Souttar, Ridvan Yilmaz, Borna Barisic.

Midfielders: Ianis Hagi, John Lundstram, Ryan Jack, Steven Davis, James Sands, Glen Kamara, Nnamdi Ofoborh, Scott Arfield, Charlie McCann, Alex Lowry, Malike Tillman, Josh McPake.

Wingers/Forwards: Antonio Colak, Rabbi Matondo, Ryan Kent, Glenn Middleton, Alfredo Morelos, Scott Wright, Kemar Roofe, Fashion Sakala, Ross McCausland, Tom Lawrence.

Union Saint-Gilloise vs. Rangers betting odds

Only moneyline odds are available for the match scheduled for Aug. 2.

Rangers are the early favorites heading into the first leg in Belgium, where Union Saint-Gilloise had a 11W-6L-3D record and outscored opponents 35-18 during the 2021/22 domestic campaign (including playoffs). It’s worth noting that they twice lost at home to Club Brugge during the last campaign, both losses coming by the score of 1-0.

But Rangers were not a great road team in European play last season despite making it all the way to the final of the Europa League. The Scottish giants went 1W-5L-3D in nine away matches in European competitions, often riding their electric home crowd to secure the necessary result to advance. They were shut out in four of those nine games away from Ibrox.

So while the +122 odds for a Rangers road win might look tempting, it could be one to steer away from and wait for goal props to be presented closer to the match with an eye toward a low-scoring affair.

Sports Interaction
Union Saint-Gilloise Win
+200
Draw
+240
Rangers Win
+122

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