Jon Dahl Tomasson has vowed to repay Swedish league chiefs with a co-efficient bump after they agreed to clear Malmo’s schedule ahead of the Rangers showdown.

The Scandinavians are well up to speed having chalked up 15 games already this season.

But former AC Milan and Denmark ace Tomasson believes his Sky Blues will now be refreshed and primed to take on Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox men in their Champions League qualifier after Allsvenskan bosses gave them the weekend off.

And Tomasson reckons that could yet be vital if his side are to play their part in the national effort aimed at boosting Sweden’s UEFA ranking.

“I think we needed it,” said the Malmo boss. “We played every third day for more or less a whole month.

“So I think it was good for the bodies and the heads that we got a few days off.

“We’ve now have some had time to prepare well for the match.

“When we qualify for Europe, it’s important that we create the best opportunities for the teams in Sweden that will go into Europe.

“Sweden is the 23rd best league in Europe and it is of course not good if you want to be a better country.”

Malmo have been a scourge on Scotland’s own co-efficient having dumped Rangers, Celtic and Hibs out of Europe over the last decade.

Tomasson admits Gers will be firm favourites this time but he is taking inspiration from one of his previous brushes with Gerrard ahead of tonight’s clash at the Eleda Stadion.

The 44-year-old was part of the Milan squad which famously threw away victory in the 2005 Champions League final as Gerrard led Liverpool’s fight-back from a 3-0 half-time deficit.

Asked for his memories of the Rossoneri’s infamous collapse, he said: “That’s a very good question. Even the favourites can be 3-0 up at half-time and still lose the game.

“So it’s not impossible to lose a game when you’re favourites.

“Rangers have two great teams. They can put two great teams on the pitch.

“It’s a club with tremendous history.

“Its good to see them back where they belong actually.

“The club and the manager Steven Gerrard have done an excellent job.

“Of course they’re the favourites but football is tough and it’s not always the favourites who win.”

Gers are still on a high after ending Celtic’s strangle hold on the Scottish game last season.

But Tomasson has warned his team are also brimming with belief after romping home nine-points clear to lift the club’s 21st Swedish title last term.

“We’re a side that’s used to winning as well and of course we believe in ourselves,” he said.

“We know we’ll need to find something special against Rangers. I’m a bit disappointed it won’t be a full house at the Eleda. Instead it will only be five or six thousand.

“Next week it will be a different story at Ibrox but it’s an exciting game and these are the ties which can make a player’s career.

“Rangers are used to winning and did that last season with a big difference in points if you compare them to Celtic.

“But we also won the league here with a big difference over second place. I think we scored the most goals having not won a trophy for two or three years so it was a big season.”