Brondby head coach Niels Frederiksen wary of Rangers before crunch Euro clash

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Brondby head coach Niels Frederiksen paid due respect to Rangers’ history as he planned to scupper the Gers’ Europa League chances on Thursday.

Ahead of match day three, the Scottish champions are bottom of Group A with no points, one behind the Danes who drew with Sparta Prague in their opening fixture.

Before his squad trained at Ibrox, where Steven Gerrard conceded that a must-win game will take place for his side against Brondby, the visiting boss surveyed the task ahead.

“We have analysed Rangers a lot and watched many of their games,” said Frederiksen, who revealed first choice keeper Mads Hermansen is out with a foot injury and will be replaced by 38-year-old Tomas Mikkelsen.

“At the moment it is fair to say they are the best team in Scotland.

“They are number one in the league and they have long traditions in Europe and also domestically.

“They have 55 domestic titles, Celtic is only 51, they have seven trebles so we know how big a club they are with proud traditions.

“When you come on to the stadium you can feel all the emotions and feel the history and of course you know a lot about Rangers and the history of the club.

“It is special. It is a special match for us and we will play against a really big club but we are looking forward to it and I think we will be able to compete tomorrow.

“They attack very directly and like to get a lot of crosses into the box. They create a lot of chances and we have to make sure we control that.

“If you attack with a lot of players then you don’t have so many in defence and we should see if we can take advantage of that.”

With Lyon having won their first two group games against Rangers and Brondby, Frederiksen concedes the battle is on to be runners-up to the French side.

He said: “For the moment it looks like we are all playing for second place. We played against Lyon a few weeks ago and they were very strong.

“I think they will probably be number one in the group but the three other teams can compete.

“It is a key game for them and also for us. The group can still change a lot although it is maybe more important for Rangers as they are playing at home.

“We still have to play them at home after this. It is a very important match for both teams.”

Captain Andreas Maxso said: “If we can take point it will be good, we have a home game against them. We will go for three but one will be acceptable.”

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