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Braga and Rangers square off at Estadio Municipal de Braga on Thursday evening looking to take another step towards surprise success in the Europa League.

Both clubs have already upset the odds in this competition, Braga getting the better of Monaco over two legs in the last 16 and Rangers pulling off the shock of the competition by defeating Borussia Dortmund in the playoff round.

The priority for Rangers this season has been to retain the Scottish Premiership title and to build on their dominance over Celtic in the previous campaign.

However, as a result of Sunday’s 2-1 defeat in the Old Firm derby, Rangers now sit six points adrift of their fierce rivals, seemingly making it highly likely that they will give up the trophy that they won last year.

The two teams renew acquaintances in the Scottish Cup on Sunday, but boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst will be solely focused on progressing further in Europe given the effort that it has taken to reach this stage.

On the back of beating Dortmund in the first knockout round, Rangers were able to repel a second-leg bombardment from Red Star Belgrade to eventually prevail 4-2 on aggregate.

Nevertheless, defeat in Serbia means that Rangers have now lost two of their last three outings in all competitions, while just five victories have come from 10 fixtures.

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