Talented Braga defender David Carmo has told the Daily Record that he and his team-mates are fully prepared to combat the threat of Rangers talisman Alfredo Morelos.
The Gers face the in-form Portuguese outfit this evening at Ibrox in their first game in the knockout stages of a European competition since 2011.
Carmo has only burst onto the scene at Braga this season playing as a centre-back during the club’s last five games.
Colombian striker Morelos has been the standout performer once again for Rangers this season. The 23-year-old has bagged 29 goals and registered 10 assists in Steven Gerrard’s team.
The uncompromising Braga man is ready for the challenge which he sees as an exciting one.
He told the Daily Record: “Morelos is a very good player, excellent.
“We have all been watching his game, but we feel we are prepared for the test.
“I was nervous when I first came into the team but the players have supported me. I have grown and learned from my mistakes, and I am sure they will help me again.
“We will continue to do what we have been in the league and I will grab this opportunity and give my very best.”
Braga are bang in form on a domestic level. Ruben Amorim’s team haven’t lost for 10 matches and arrive in Glasgow with wins over Benfica, Porto and Sporting Lisbon under their belts.
Rangers have played some of their best football in the Europa League this season. Having already beaten Porto in the competition, they need to relish the chance to end Braga’s long unbeten run.
Gerrard played in plenty of big European nights as a player with Liverpool, winning the Champions League in 2005. That level of experience needs to rub off on his players tonight as they face a real acid test.
Carmo is right to target Morelos. The chances are if they stop him from scoring, it will give Braga a better chance of winning the tie.
The youngster must ensure he is fully concentrated. One lapse in concentration could be all Morelos needs to punish the Portuguese outfit.