TWO brutal back-to-back defeats, no targets scored, seven conceded.
Rangers’ return to the Champions League groups hasn’t precisely gone to plan.
Dave King is a fan of both Rangers and LiverpoolCredit: PA
Which would normally make a Tuesday night time journey to Anfield to face last season’s finalists your worst nightmare.
For former chairman Dave King, nevertheless, it’s his dream match.
A long-time admirer of Liverpool, it was his connections with the Reds which helped lure Steven Gerrard north in 2018.
King informed SunSport: “It’s my intention to attend both video games, myself and my household.
“I’ve already organised tickets via the club, they have been very type to give me tickets for the Ibrox game, and I’m obviously working on the Anfield recreation too.
“It might be an unimaginable event as a result of I’m not aware, certainly in my lifetime, of the two clubs meeting in a competitive match.
“Rangers are my No 1 team, but Liverpool are my No 2 staff — so for me this is a dream match.
“There’s just one group I’d even be remotely comfy with beating Rangers in the Champions League and that’s Liverpool.
“I’m hoping we can give them a very good game, making it as aggressive as attainable.
“The ambiance on both nights might be something actually special.
“I’ve been to Anfield on some very memorable nights, but I’ll inform you what, Ibrox remains to be better.
“I don’t assume there’s a better stadium on the market on a European night time than Ibrox.
“I don’t assume anything else comes close. I love Anfield and love the history, every little thing about it — however Ibrox continues to be higher.”
King has a close friendship with Liverpool and Scotland legend Kenny Dalglish.
That relationship was instrumental when the ex-Ibrox supremo talked Gerrard into reviving Gers’ fortunes.
King plans to invite King Kenny for dinner when the 2 sides meet in Glasgow subsequent week.
He added: “I’ve spoken to Kenny, of course I even have.
“It’s very fascinating for him as well.
“As you understand, he was a Rangers fan growing up who went on to play for Celtic, and have become a legend there and at Liverpool.
“But for Kenny it’s also an important and attention-grabbing recreation.
“I’m positive he’ll have a lot of enjoyable, and hopefully we can meet in Glasgow and head off to our favourite Indian restaurant for a meal before or after.
“I’m looking forward to seeing him at Anfield.
“He’s truly taking half in golf in Sun City in a couple of weeks, so he’s coming down right here and I’ll meet up with him then.”
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For the gold, glitz and glamour, King is in no doubt having both Rangers and Celtic competing once more in the Champions League is nice for the Old Firm.
Yet he’s uncertain if the remainder of Scottish soccer reap any profit from it.
He confessed: “The means European football works is success-based on outcomes.
“I noticed a latest publication the place Rangers have been the ninth prime group on the planet, and that was based on our development in Europe and the factors we get via playing games and going by way of qualification rounds.
“There’s no real difference between the extent you’re taking half in at. So from Celtic and Rangers’ perspective, playing within the Champions League is great for each of them financially.
“Whether on a net foundation it works well for Scotland and the coefficient, I’m not too positive because there’s little question Rangers’ efficiency within the Europa League was higher for Scotland, and for Rangers than if we had overwhelmed Malmo.
“It’s a kind of steadiness. Do you wish to play at a stage the place you would possibly be all the time going to be in pot four, simply kind of looking up all the time, however making a lot of money? Or do you need to be competitive?
“My choice can be to play Leipzig at Ibrox and beat them rather than play Liverpool and lose to them.”
I would much rather have won the league title and not obtained to the Europa League ultimate.
King insists it’s important Gers continue to compete at the highest level in Europe or danger being left behind by Celtic.
And he admits he’d have traded their journey to the Europa League ultimate in Seville for a second Premiership title.
He added: “The importance of the Champions League each year is that, in a two-team league, what we can’t afford is Celtic having the Champions League and us not having it.
“In the home scenario, what we can’t afford to have is Celtic getting Champions League cash coming in for the following three years and we’re not there.
“My concern is always the hole between us and Celtic because my precedence remains to be about profitable home titles.
“We had a great season last year, but it wasn’t a great outcome.
“When we started the season, we should have gained the title last yr.
“But we threw that title away. I would a lot rather have won the league title and not got to the Europa League last.
“If that scenario had been managed in a unique way, we should have won that league title.
“As lengthy as we maintain successful the league titles, it protects our domestic place in Scotland.
“That’s my major concern. For me, the big aid this year of the Champions League was making sure that we continued to narrow the gap towards Celtic.
“That’s probably the most vital thing for me.”
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