Braga boss Carlos Carvalhal thanks Old Firm and calls the Europa League Rangers a draw

BRAGA boss Carlos Carvalhal insists the Europa League game against Rangers was a ’50-50 ‘draw, after seeing the champions at the Old Firm on Sunday.

The Portuguese traveled to Glasgow to check on Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team ahead of this week’s quarter-finals.

Rangers head to The Quarry to recover from the derby defeat that brought them to six points from Celtic, almost forced to give up the Premiership crown.

The Light Blues reached this stage of the competition, beating Borussia Dortmund and Red Star Belgrade for the first time since reaching the Manchester final in 2008.

And Carvalhal is well aware of the challenge Van Bronckhorst’s side will pose as Rangers look to keep their dreams alive ahead of the second leg at Ibrox.

“I was at the Old Firm,” he told talkSPORT. “It’s a great match. Rangers took great care of me and my assistant and we had a lot of fun playing.

“Rangers are a good team. They are strong and play a physical game.

“They are efficient when putting pressure on opponents and we have seen Rangers have problems in the first ten or 15 minutes after Celtic started to have more possession.

“We think it will be a very difficult match. 50-50 because all the teams have the conditions for us at this stage of the competition.

“It’s fantastic because we have achieved this position with the youngest team in the competition. We have a lot of players in the academy.

“In the two years since I went to Braga, 14 players from the academy. One is 15, about 17, 18.

“We are playing very well and we are improving, getting better and better. We beat Monaco, the best team in France after Paris Saint Germain.

“We beat Benfica last week, now let’s see what to do with Rangers. But as I said, 50-50 “.

Source: Herald Scotland