THE prospect of facing Rangers is a major incentive for Cork City to rescue their Europa League qualifier against Progrès Niederkorn.
Although City have it all to do in Luxembourg, 2-0 down, goalkeeper Mark McNulty would love to to take on the Scottish giants, currently managed by Steven Gerrard.
“What a game to have in the next round if you can go through. Imagine going out to play in Ibrox, it would be something else.
“I was there as a Celtic supporter watching Celtic and Rangers and it was unbelievable there. So to be able to play there would be huge. What an incentive for us heading to Luxembourg to go and try to win the game."
Scoring the first goal will be crucial on Thursday night.
“Obviously we would like to be going over there with a different result. But the result is what it is.
“If we can score early, the second leg is a totally different game and pressure is all of them then.
“We will give it everything we have and hopefully that will be good enough on the day.
“It is going to be a tough game obviously. If we can go over there and get the first goal then it is definitely game on again.
“A lot of people think you play teams from Luxembourg they are poor. But they are not, they are technically very good. We knew they would be technically good.
“If we can cut out the silly mistakes, score early we are still definitely in there with a good shout.”
There was a sense of despondency around Turners Cross after the 2-0 first leg defeat, as City’s difficult 2019 season continued.
McNulty urged the City fans to stick with the side, as they seek to try to do all that they can to turn things around.
“It has been a tough season. It has been one of the toughest seasons in the last six or seven years.
“Cork City supporters have been used to us being up there winning and challenging for everything.
“This year it has been the opposite. We still get our hardcore supporters and I know they went away disappointed after the first leg.
“For ourselves as players, we want to do well for the supporters and for the club. Come Thursday night, we know if we can go and get a result, then we can come back with our heads held high and the supporters will be happy with us.”