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An analysis of St Joseph's, the men out to rock the Gers

 

Ryan Casciaro
Ryan Casciaro

Rangers will take on St Joseph's in the first leg of the first qualifying round of the Europa League on today.

Here's what lies in store for Steven Gerrard's men in Gibraltar.

History: St Joseph's are Gibraltar's oldest football club, established in 1912. They were strongly linked with St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church.

Players: Policeman Ryan Casciaro is among the squad. He played in Lincoln Red Imps' shock win over Celtic three years ago, with his brother Lee netting the only goal. Lee Casciaro also scored Gibraltar's first competitive goal against Scotland at Hampden in a 6-1 defeat. Another brother, Kyle, scored Gibraltar's first international winner in a friendly against Malta.

Manager: Raul Procopio has LaLiga playing experience with Cadiz and briefly managed the club in 2008 after former Airdrie, Kilmarnock and Raith Rovers player Antonio Calderon was sacked towards the end of the season. He subsequently managed in the Spanish lower leagues before moving to Red Imps in 2014, leaving weeks before their victory over Celtic.

Stadium: Victoria Stadium is where Lincoln shocked Celtic and is the only playing facility in Gibraltar, but the poor surface Rangers' rivals played on was replaced in January with the help of a Fifa grant. The 5,000-seat ground is located at the foot of the Rock of Gibraltar, across from the airport.

Form: St Joseph's beat Prishtina in the preliminary round, triumphing 2-0 against their nine-man opponents in the home leg following a 1-1 draw in Kosovo. They finished third in the Gibraltar First Division last season, 11 points behind champions Lincoln.

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