Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports that he expects Rangers to endure a frustrating night against Porto on Thursday, as he predicted that the Ibrox clash will finish 1-1.
Rangers go into the second-half of the group-stages knowing that all four teams have a fantastic chance of qualifying out of the group. Steven Gerrard’s side have taken four points from their opening three games.
In some ways, the 1-1 draw away in Portugal was just as impressive as the 1-0 victory at home against Feyenoord.
Nicholas has lauded the result that they secured against Porto last time out. But the pundit has predicted that they will not be as happy this time around.
“Everyone was expecting them to go back to forward and fill in when they didn’t have the ball, but they were worthy of a point, and if not all three,” he told Sky Sports as he discussed the previous meeting, and why he is expecting another 1-1 draw this week.
“Porto are not what they were four or five year ago but are still incredibly dangerous. They are all technically very good players. The passion, drive and commitment can get you over the line, but it will be a frustrating night for Rangers. It is hard to pin who wins this group and this result will leave it wide open with a draw.”
It says a lot about the progress that Rangers have made under Gerrard that a 1-1 draw at home to Porto may be deemed a frustrating result.
The Gers stand a great chance of going through with two home games ahead. They would be top of the group had they not conceded a last minute winner against Young Boys last month.
A win against Porto will not decide anything. But it will certainly see Rangers take a big step towards the knockout stages. And perhaps it will send out a big statement to their rivals in Europe, as well as domestically.