Rangers can secure a place in the Europa League group stage if they can hold onto – or extend – their lead over Alashkert in the play-offs on Thursday afternoon.
However, their plans have been thrown into chaos this week with boss Steven Gerrard and five of his players being forced to self-isolate, not travelling for the second leg.
The Gers recorded a solid 1-0 win in the first leg but won’t want to rest on such a slender lead with 90 minutes standing between themselves and qualification.
Alfredo Morelos scored the only goal of the game in a nervy encounter that saw John Lundstram dismissed just before the stroke of half time after picking up two yellow cards inside 10 minutes.
Gerrard will hope the travelling party can dig deep and stand their ground in a bid to grind out a place in the group stage.
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When is Alashkert v Rangers on TV?
Alashkert v Rangers will take place on Thursday 26th August 2021.
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What time is kick-off?
Alashkert v Rangers will kick off at 4pm.
There are numerous Premier League games taking place this weekend including Liverpool v Chelsea at 5:30pm on Saturday.
What TV channel is Alashkert v Rangers on?
The game will be shown live on BBC Scotland from 3:45pm.
Fans in Scotland can tune in to watch the game on free-to-air TV as well as those south of the border in England who can find BBC Scotland on freeview and through various TV service providers.
How to live stream Alashkert v Rangers online
You can watch the game live on BBC iPlayer regardless of whether you’re in Scotland or another part of the UK.
The news will come as a relief for Rangers fans with a number of the early-round European games either shown on pay-per-view platforms or not shown at all.
Alashkert v Rangers team news
Alashkert predicted XI: Cancarevic; Camera, Voskanyan, Kadio, Boljevic; Grigoryan, Hovsepyan; Papikyan, Khurtsidze, James; Embalo.
Rangers predicted XI: McCrorie; Patterson, Goldson, Helander, Barisic; Arfield, Kamara, Davis; Aribo, Morelos, Hagi.
Alashkert v Rangers odds
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Our prediction: Alashkert v Rangers
Rangers simply did what they had to do on home soil in the first leg given they were down to 10 men.
While the Gers will have numerical parity on the pitch, the lack of Gerrard on the touchline and five players – including James Tavernier, Ryan Kent, Calvin Bassey and first two goalkeepers Allan McGregor and Jon McLaughlin – is certainly a blow.
Gerrard would certainly have liked a greater margin of victory heading into the second leg, but at least Rangers have a lead to defend and should be able to do that, even with a depleted squad.
The trip may not be an easy one, the performance may not be a sparkling one, but a clinical display and an early goal should settle the nerves and see Rangers safely through.