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Rangers must take full advantage of Spartak’s inexperienced caretaker boss Riancho

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Rangers must take full advantage of Spartak’s inexperienced caretaker boss Riancho

It is fair to say that Spartak Moscow travel to Ibrox for Thursday’s Europa League clash in a state of disarray.

Manager Massimo Carrera was sacked yesterday after just just two wins in the last nine matches left the club languishing in seventh in the Russian Premier League.

What’s more, the man placed in interim charge has never managed a game of professional football in his life. Raul Riancho has been assistant manager with various clubs as well as with Ukraine, but has never been the number one.

He will take the shambolic Spartak side to Ibrox, looking for a win that would lift the club off the bottom of the group at the halfway stage.

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But will he be capable? He will walk into a raucous atmosphere, charged with sparking instant change among a squad which is clearly underperforming.

 

That offers Steven Gerrard and Rangers a huge opportunity to take control of the group and make it seven points from their first three matches.

They must take it, because by the time they travel to Moscow on Matchday 4, a greater semblance of order may have returned at Spartak. In any case, Moscow is always a tough away trip to get anything from.

Opportunity knocks for Rangers; Gerrard and his players must answer.

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