Will Rangers reach Europa League semi final by turning over Braga at Ibrox? Monday Jury – Record Sport Online

Will Rangers progress past Braga and reach the Europa League semi-final?

KEITH JACKSON: Fingers crossed as it would represent a monumental achievement for Scottish football. But they’ve got their work cut out. Giovanni van Bronckhorst suddenly looks like a man hoping for the best and struggling for answers. He’ll have to come up with some big ones before Thursday night.

ANDY NEWPORT: Only if they can improve on Thursday’s defeat in Portugal at both ends of the park. They had a dangerous mix of being weak at the back and blunt up front. But the Ibrox roar can propel them to a big performance.

CRAIG SWAN: Rangers have proven themselves capable of really lifting it at Ibrox for Euro nights and they can get into the last four.

GORDON PARKS: A packed Ibrox could provide the edge for another momentus European night for Rangers. Braga aren’t any great shakes and Rangers have enough to score a couple and get through.

Are Celtic going to win the Treble?

KEITH: It would seem like a foolish idea to bet against another clean sweep. Celtic have emerged from a transitional season as by far and away the strongest team in the country. In fact, it would be a surprise if they didn’t go on from here to take the lot.

ANDY: They certainly look in the mood for it. Celtic are hitting form at exactly the right time and that will spell trouble for their opponents. It’s been a stunning turnaround under Ange Postecoglou.

CRAIG: It is going to need a mighty effort from anyone to stop them. Celtic are absolutely flying and must be odds-on to do it.

GORDON: And it is. They have shown themselves to be a class above the rest and it’s hard to see past anything other than a clean sweep.

Will Hibs climb off the floor and exact revenge on Hearts in the Scottish Cup semi-final?

KEITH: It’s doubtful. Hibs have got themselves into a mess under Shaun Maloney. The new manager needs time to turn it around but this season looks like a write off already.

ANDY: Can’t see it. Hearts have all the momentum while Shaun Maloney’s side continue to look lost under their new boss.

CRAIG:Hibs players really need to give their supporters something to shout about after a nightmare missing from the top six. But Hearts are just too strong.

GORDON: No. Hibs folded like a pack of cards against Hearts on Saturday and don’t possess the goal threat and the Jambos have a better character within their side.

Will Tam Courts kick Dundee United on to make Europe?

KEITH: They’re looking good for fourth place now and that would be a remarkable success. It’s good to see them back at the top end of the Scottish game.

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ANDY: They’ve stumbled over the line with one league win in seven to make the top six whereas Ross County’s remarkable late dash has them just a point behind with five to go. I reckon Staggies will nick fourth but United could still make Europe so long as Hibs don’t win the Scottish Cup.

CRAIG: Courts have done a great job to have his team above the likes of Hibs and Aberdeen at this stage and can finish the job by digging out his passport.

GORDON: Why not? It’s been a superb campaign for a young manager who’s surpassed expectations and Europe is not beyond United.


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