Rangers beating Napoli in Wednesday night’s Champions League group stage clash at Ibrox would be an “unbelievable achievement”.
That is the view of Dean Jones, who was speaking to This is Futbol about the latest on Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side ahead of the resumption of their European campaign this week.
It has been an extremely challenging time for the Gers over the past two games, losing 4-0 to Celtic and Ajax in the Scottish Premiership and Champions League respectively.
The task gets even harder this week, with Napoli currently sitting at the top of Serie A, having beaten last season’s Champions League runners-up Liverpool 4-1 in Italy last week.
And Jones believes that Rangers need to be realistic about what to expect from the fixture against Luciano Spalletti’s side.
He said: “I think you have to be realistic about what they can expect from Napoli – they are an extremely good side that are unbeaten all season.
“Winning it would be an unbelievable achievement, but even staying in the game here would be positive.”
TIF Thoughts on Jones’ comments
We wholeheartedly agree with Jones and believe that Van Bronckhorst could not have asked for a much tougher fixture during his side’s difficult run of form.
However, Rangers will be hoping they can use the atmosphere at Ibrox to their advantage as they did on many occasions en route to the Europa League final last season – and the absence of Napoli supporters may yet play a part.
Unfortunately for Gers fans and Van Bronckhorst though, we have to go with the form book ahead of this game and believe that this could be a tough night ahead for the Glasgow giants.