Van Bronckhorst: ‘Rangers prepared for Napoli in Champions League’

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst insists ‘the mood is good’ and they are ‘well prepared’ for Napoli in the rescheduled Champions League match tomorrow night.

It kicks off at Ibrox on Wednesday at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

This was originally meant to be this evening, but was postponed by 24 hours and Napoli fans barred from making the trip as policing is already stretched by preparations for the Queen’s funeral.

The Scottish club will be without injured goalkeeper Joe McLaughlin, joining Thomas Lawrence, John Souttar, Filip Helander and Ianis Hagi on the touchline, but James Tavernier is available.

“The mood is good, we have been together for a couple days preparing well for this game. Tomorrow will be time for us to perform,” said Van Bronckhorst in his press conference.

“We want to improve after every game, set pieces are definitely one of the areas we didn’t do well and we have given attention to improving.”

Napoli crushed Liverpool 4-1 in their opening Champions League group game fixture, while Rangers were humiliated 4-0 away to Ajax.

That was their first Champions League group appearance in 12 years.

“Napoli are a very strong team. We know the challenge we have against a very good team but we are very well prepared.”

Rangers had a rough time domestically too, beaten 4-0 by arch-rivals Celtic in the Glasgow Derby on September 3.

“We have faced heavy defeats and we have talked about it and learned from it, now is the chance tomorrow to get a good result at our home. At Rangers, we know two defeats in a row are unacceptable. We go out tomorrow to win with our philosophy.

“The level we reached in the last few games was not to our high standard. We have to reach our level individually and as a team, I am confident with our preparation we will be in a much better place tomorrow. Tomorrow at 8pm it is time for us to perform.”

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