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Stuttgart v Rangers
7.30pm, Tuesday, Sky Sports 2

"In vital European matches you need experience and Barry Ferguson will be key."

Phil Thompson

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Rangers started off this group with a 2-1 win over Stuttgart at Ibrox and I think that set the tone for this group as Rangers were desperate to get off to a flyer and they did do.

And in fairness they would have looked at Stuttgart, German champions that they are, and believe that they would be a tough nut to crack.

What with Barcelona and Lyon, on paper this group would have been a daunting task, but Rangers started off with a great win to really set the ball rolling.

You've got to give credit to Walter Smith and his team. Up until now they have been terrific.

It's still going to be a tall order though for them to qualify. Although Stuttgart are out of it I still think it's going to be tough and if they can get a point from this one it will be a great result.

In vital European matches you need experience and Barry Ferguson will be key. He will have to rally the troops and make sure they don't take this match lightly.

Another key player for Rangers will be Alan Hutton. I've seen a lot of him and I'm highly impressed. People say that he's more of a natural wing-back - he attacks too much and his defensive qualities are not that good. But I have yet to see him get taken apart by anybody.

He's as good a right-back as I've seen in the Premier League. He's that good.

He doesn't have any fear when he plays. He gets forward, he can deliver good crosses and I think it will be very important on Tuesday night if he can get down that right flank where he's had quite a few assists already this season.

Stuttgart have nothing to lose as they can't go through to the knock-out stages so they could play with freedom, which may make them dangerous.

They can still qualify for the Uefa Cup, although even if they beat Rangers they would have to beat Barcelona in the Nou Camp, but they won't be taking this match lightly.

Especially as they will be under pressure from their own fans as they have not performed so far in the Champions League, having lost all four of their matches.

Thommo's Call

DRAW I think Rangers can get a draw out of this and I would think Walter Smith would be extremely happy with that. With Lyon coming up in the final game at Ibrox, I think they would be confident of qualifying given what happened when Rangers thrashed them 3-0 away from home.