Rangers up against ex-Celtic defender and hot-shot Swedish striker in Europa League clash with Lech Poznan

Rangers host Lech Poznan in their second game of the Europa League group stage.

Benfica's Nicolas Otamendi in the thick of the action against Poznan last week (Photo by Wojtek RADWANSKI / AFP) (Photo by WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard's men are looking to build on their impressive opening win against Standard Liege in Belgium when Kemar Roofe scored a wonder-goal from the halfway line.

This week it’s the Polish runners-up visiting Ibrox on matchday two of the Europa League. Here’s the lowdown on tomorrow night’s opponents.

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Former Celtic defender Thomas Rogne is now captain of Lech Poznan. Picture: SNS

Poznan made the group stages the hard way, coming through four qualifiers with three on the road. They beat Hammarby 3-0, Apollon 5-0 and Charleroi 2-1 away. But they sit 10th in the Polish top flight with nine points from seven matches and lost 4-2 at home to Benfica in their group opener last week.

European pedigree

Poznan have had seven Europa League adventures in the past decade and reached the group stages twice. They beat Manchester City on their way to the last 16 in 2010-11 and also got to the groups in 2015-16, after bowing out of the Champions League qualifiers. Their only previous encounter with Scottish opposition was a 3-0 aggregate defeat by Aberdeen during the Dons' run to 1983 European Cup Winners' Cup glory.

Key players

Sweden striker Mikael Ishak has scored nine goals in 12 games - including five in the Europa League - since joining from Nuremberg in the summer. Poznan are captained by former Celtic defender Thomas Rogne, who played for the Hoops from 2010 to 2013 before spells at Wigan and IFK Gothenburg.

Manager

Poznan are the biggest club Dariusz Zuraw has managed, having spent his entire coaching career in Poland. He led Lech to second place in the league last season.

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