Union Saint-Gilloise vs Rangers LIVE: Stream, TV channel, score, teams – Last Champions League qualifications

RANGERS are underway as they return to European action after coming awfully close to famous Europa League success.

Gers were beaten by Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties in Seville after a brilliant run to the final.

And that defeat means they must now negotiate qualification to enjoy Champions League football this season, as Celtic won the Scottish Premiership.

First, they face an unpredictable tie with Union Saint-Gilloise, Belgian runners-up.

The Brussels side finished second in the Jupiler Pro League, just a year after returning to the top flight for the first time in 49 years.

And they have named two England players in their starting line-up – ex-Accrington centre-back Stanley Ross Sykes and ex-Portsmouth defender Christian Burgess.

If Gers win, they will face an extremely difficult tie in the play-off round against PSV Eindhoven or Monaco.

  • Kick-off time: 7:45 p.m.
  • TV channel: First Sport 1
  • Direct: first player
  • Union Saint-Gilloise XI: Morris; Sykes, Burges, Van Der Heyden, Nieuwkoop, Lynen, Teuma, Amani, Lapoussin, Adingra, Vanzeir.
  • Rangers XI: McLaughlin; Tavernier, Goldson, Sands, Barisic, Lundstram, Kamara, Jack, Tillman, Matondo, Colak.
  • KICK OFF – USG vs Rangers

    Rangers get the ball rolling and we’re on our way!

  • Soon the time…

    The mood rises in Brussels as the players take their last breaths in the tunnel.

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  • The union aware of the test

    USG boss Karel Geraerts praised the opposition in his pre-match press conference:

    We will face a great team, with great players, with a great coach.

    USG boss Karel Geraerts

  • Final preparations

    Just under 15 minutes to…

  • Rangers with a tough draw

    If the Scottish giants win both legs, van Bronckhorst’s men will face a very tricky task against winners PSV Eindhoven vs Monaco who also play tonight.

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  • The stage is set

    Kick-off is only 30 minutes away!

  • Goldson hoping for Champions League return

    Rangers defender Connor Goldson spoke in the week about the competition and the strength of the team:

    He thinks it’s the pinnacle of football and the place where everyone wants to play. But that wasn’t just the reason I signed my new contract. Champions League football has been on the agenda for the past few years… I think the players we’ve signed this summer, when we play 11 v 11 in training, are by far the 22 players the strongest since I have been involved and we will need them for the coming season.

    Connor Goldson, Rangers defenseman

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  • The Rangers are in the building

    Gers players discover the field before kick-off.

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  • Sands big time

    Rangers defender James Sands is from the start today alongside Connor Goldston.

    The American struggled to earn regular minutes last season. But in John Souttar’s absence, he has a chance to show the fans what they’ve been missing.

  • USG substitutes

    Boone, Dony, El Azzouzi, François, Huygevelde, Ilyes, Imbrechts, Machida, Pirard, Puertas

  • USG range

    We have confirmation that USG boss Karel Geraert’s side will face Rangers:

    Morris, Sykes, Burgess, Van Der Heyden, Nieuwkoop, Lynen, Teuma, Amani, Lapoussin, Adingra, Vanzeir

  • McLaughlin gets the green light

    Much debate has surrounded who should be Rangers’ first-choice goalkeeper, with Alan McGregor having recently added a year to his contract.

    But Bronckhorst gave Jon McLaughlin the No. 1 spot for tonight’s encounter, as he did for the Scottish Cup final.

    A sign of things to come?

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  • Missing Kent

    Much to the disappointment of fans, Ryan Kent will not play for Rangers tonight after suffering an ankle injury.

    However, boss Giovanni Van Bronckhorst says the winger could return to the side this weekend.

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  • On the bench of Gers

    McGregor, Mccrorie, Ridvan, Davies, King, Devine, Davis, Lawrence, Arfield, Wright, Fashion Jr

  • Rangers XI

    The team sheet is there. Here is the composition of the visitors.

    McLaughlin, Tavernier, Goldson, Sands, Barisic, Lundstram, Kamara, Jack, Tillman, Matondo, Colak

  • Change of scene

    The match was moved from the usual ground of Union Saint-Gilloise, which does not meet UEFA standards. Instead, the competition will be played at the Den Dreef stadium in Leuven.

    The hosts will hope the change of venue will mark a shift in form with goalscorers having scored just once in their last three games at Stade Joseph Marien.

    Especially considering they’ve scored a combination of nine goals in their two previous visits here.

  • Good evening from Brussels

    Welcome to SunSport’s live coverage of tonight’s Champions League qualifying clash between Union Saint-Gilloise and Rangers.

    Today marks the first-ever glimpse of Champions League football for the hosts who were runners-up in Belgium’s top tier last season.

    Rangers also finished second in the Scottish Premiership alongside a fantastic Europa League run that saw Gers lose on penalties to Eintracht Frankfurt in the final.

    This is the first ever meeting between the two sides and we’ll bring you some squad news shortly as we prepare for kick-off.

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