After finishing third in their group, Rangers’ reward is a last 32 match against Sporting Lisbon.
As one door closes on a UEFA Champions League campaign, another opens to a UEFA Europa League campaign, and after finishing third in their group, Rangers’ reward is a last 32 match against Sporting Lisbon.
One of the big teams from Portugal. A tough draw indeed but one that Rangers will be confident they can win, and it will bring back memories of our run to the UEFA Cup Final in 2008.
Rangers beat Sporting Lisbon in the quarter-finals on the way to Manchester 2008 and who can forget the wonder goal from Steven Whittaker which gave Rangers a 2-0 victory over in Portugal. A great European memory.
Sporting Lisbon have got a similar record to Rangers in Europe, they also have won the European Cup Winners Cup and have been runners up in the UEFA Cup.
You have to go back to 1964 for their triumph though. Their UEFA Cup runners-up campaign was in 2005. As well as facing Sporting on the way to the final in 2008, Rangers also face them in the run up to the Cup Winners Cup Final in 1972 in the second round.
Sporting Lisbon Factfile
FULL NAME – Sporting Clube de Portugal
NICKNAME – Leoes(Lions)
FOUNDED – 1906
STADIUM – Estadio Jose Alvalade(Capacity 50,076)
MANAGER – Paulo Sergio
LAST SEASON – 4th in Portuguese Liga
1971/1972 EUROPEAN CUP WINNERS CUP
Rangers 3 Sporting Lisbon 2
Sporting Lisbon 4 Rangers 3
2007/2008 UEFA CUP
Rangers 0 Sporting Lisbon 0
Sporting Lisbon 0 Rangers 2