Rangers Drawn Against Slavia Prague

RANGERS have been drawn to play Slavia Prague in the Last 16 of the UEFA Europa League.

The Light Blues were paired with the side currently sitting first in the Czech First League at the House of European Football in Nyon this afternoon.

The ties are scheduled to take place in Prague on 11 March and then at Ibrox on 18 March. Rangers have three times previously played opponents from the Czech Republic or former Czechoslovakia.

In the 1981 UEFA Cup, a 3-0 loss away to Dukla Prague was followed by a 2-1 home win at Ibrox.

Then, in the 1991/92 European Cup, Sparta Prague were victors over Gers on away goals – the Light Blues losing 1-0 away before managing a 2-1 Ibrox win.

Most recently, there was a shock for Alex McLeish’s side in 2002/03 – losing 2-0 away to Viktoria Zizkov in the UEFA Cup before winning 3-1 at Ibrox after extra-time.

Slavia have played Scottish opposition twice, both in the UEFA Cup. They were beaten 3-1 on aggregate by St Mirren in 1985, while Hearts beat them 4-3 on aggregate in 1992.

Slavia are the second-most successful side in Czech history, winning six titles since the formation of the current Czech league in 1993.

They play at the impressive Sinobo Stadium in the Czech capital. It opened in 2008 and has a capacity of 20,800.

It hosted the 2013 UEFA Super Cup between Bayern Munich and Chelsea – Bayern claiming victory that day on penalties.

To reach this stage, Slavia were firstly knocked out of the Champions League play-off round by Midtjylland – losing 4-1 in Denmark.

In the Europa League group stage, they came through in second place behind Bayer Leverkusen before making it to the Last 16 by beating Leicester City 2-0 at the King Power last night.