Brondby boss Niels Frederiksen has told Rangers and Sparta Prague to forget about topping their Europa League group.

Steven Gerrard ’s Light Blues host the Danes on Thursday night hoping to kick-start their European campaign after starting their Group A campaign with losses at home to Lyon and away in Prague.

But Frederiksen reckons the best any of his side, Rangers and Sparta can hope for is second spot after predicting Peter Bosz’s Ligue 1 will runaway with the section’s top spot.

“For the moment it looks like we are all playing for second place,” said the Brondby boss, whose side have taken just one point from their first two games.

“We played against Lyon a few weeks ago and they were very strong.

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“I think they will be number one in the group but the three other teams have a chance of finishing behind them.

“Thursday is a key game for Rangers and also for us. The group can still change a lot although it is maybe more important for Rangers.”

Like Gers, Brondby celebrated a historic league title last term after being crowned Danish champions for the first time in 16 years.

The similarities don’t end there though, with Frederiksen’s team struggling to rediscover top form just as Gerrard’s men have toiled for consistency this term.

Brondby have mustered just four wins from 17 games so far this season but Frederiksen reckons his team are turning the corner.

He said: "Last season was a big success for us with the championship win, this season has been a bit difficult but we have more or less turned it around again.

"Our problem was at the beginning of the season but in the last seven games we have won three and had two draws so we have been happier.

“We have analysed Rangers a lot and watched many of their games.

“At the moment they are still the best team in Scotland.

“They have won 55 titles and seven Trebles so we know how big a club they are.

“They create a lot of chances and we have to make sure we control that.

“When you walk into the stadium you can feel the history and the emotion.

“It will be a special match for us but we are looking forward to it and we think we will be able to compete.”