Rangers manager Alex McLeish is vowing not to underestimate Artmedia as the Scottish champions welcome the Slovakian side to Ibrox.
With both teams on three points tonight’s encounter and the return game in two weeks time may well be crucial in determining which if either of these clubs reaches the knockout phase.
“We don’t underestimate anybody and we have to go about it the same way as we approached the Porto game,” said McLeish.
“I don’t think at Champions League level that the Rangers players will lower their standards or not play to the high energy levels they showed against Porto because they [Artmedia] are less well known. It’s a massive game for the club. We’ve got an opportunity here to do something in European terms; it’s in our hands and we’ve got to take advantage.”
McLeish has a dilemma over who should partner Dado Prso in attack with Francis Jeffers considered “a major doubt” after sustaining a hamstring injury at the weekend, while Nacho Novo and Thomas Buffel are recovering from more serious injuries.
The choice may rest between Federico Nieto and Steven Thompson.
Meanwhile, Artmedia arrived in Scotland on Tuesday confident of a good reception having disposed of Rangers arch-rivals Celtic in the 2nd qualifying round.
“We have new players since we played Celtic and we hope to be stronger,” said Weiss.
“It will be a completely different game. Rangers are the favourites but we are a small club from a small country with a big heart, and we hope to play a good game.”