Andreas Thom warns Rangers about Bayer Leverkusen

By Connor Gordon

March 12, 2020

Former Celtic striker Andreas Thom believes Rangers should be wary tonight against Bayer Leverkusen.

The Gers go into their first last 16 of the Europa League against the German giants at Ibrox.

Thom, who played for Bayer and the Hoops, knows what to expect from tonight’s game.

Going on what he’s been saying to the Evening Times, Steven Gerrard’s men are in for a tough match.

Andreas Thom warns Rangers about Bayer Leverkusen star

The 54-year-old has played in many big games for the Celts and Bayer.

Andreas Thom in action for Celtic in 1997. (Photo by Stu Forster /Allsport)

The German has even scored against his former club’s opponents tonight in Rangers.

Celtic purchased Thom from Bayer in 1995 and he went on to play 70 games for the Glasgow side.

Thom has pinpointed one player in the Bayer team who can also do a bit of damage to Rangers tonight.

He says attacker Kai Havertz is the man to watch going on his recent form.

He said: “At the moment he’s playing fantastic football.

Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz will be looking to upset Rangers tonight. (Photo by Jörg Schüler/Getty Images)

“He scores goals and he creates goals so it’s going to be an interesting game.

“He has only turned 20 and he is already one of the leaders despite being so young.”

Former Celtic striker on his ex-team overall

Havertz will have chances against the less than stellar Rangers defence of late, that sit 13 points adrift of Celtic.

But Thom also believes the full team is fully equipped to beat Rangers no matter what happens.

Thom added: “To be honest, at the moment they are playing fantastic football and they are in great shape.

Andreas Thom in action for old club Bayer Leverkusen. (Photo by Horstmüller/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

“You never know what could happen in one or two weeks’ time with the coronavirus outbreak.

“But at the moment they are definitely prepared for the game against Rangers and they are in good shape.”

Celtic fans will be angry they are not in European action tonight, but after a week’s break, the Hoops will be fighting fit for Sunday’s derby match.