On eight separate occasions Ibrox Stadium has hosted Portuguese sides and on each, Rangers have avoided defeat, indeed, only Sporting Lisbon have left the south of Glasgow and headed back to the Iberian peninsula with a draw.
Maritimo, FC Porto, Boavista and SC Braga have all been beaten on Edmiston Drive over the years and Rangers’ overall record against Portugal’s clubs stands at ten wins from 19 meetings.
Now, on the back of an epic 3-3 draw earlier this month, Jorge Jesus’ Eagles are in town aiming to be the first to win in Govan. Here, we look back at the eight previous Portuguese visits and the various successes of Rangers sides across the European Cup Winners’ Cup, the UEFA Cup, Champions League and last season’s Europa League.
5. won 3-2 vs Porto, 2005
Alex McLeish's side won the Champions League group stage opener - en route to qualifying for the first time- thanks to a late Sotirios Kyrgiakos header after goals from Lovenkrands and the bandaged up Prso.
Photo: Alex Livesey
6. drew 0-0 vs Sporting Lisbon, 2008
The UEFA Cup quarter final began with a scoreless draw at Ibrox en route to Walter Smith's epic run to the final in Manchester
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7. won 2-0 vs Porto, 2019
Alfredo Morelos opened the scoring swiftly followed by Steven Davis and moved Rangers second in the the group, level with leaders Young Boys.
Photo: Ian MacNicol
8. won 3-2 vs SC Braga, 2020
Ianis Hagi inspired Rangers to a 3-2 comeback in the Europa League knock-out stages with this free-kick
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