While even Steven Gerrard admits Rangers' league form since the winter break has been stuttering, they have rarely performed below their level on their Europa League business this season.

The notion persists that the side built by Gerrard and his backroom team is one more naturally suited to the give and take of European football where there is space for the rapid counter-attacks his team excel at.

In Scotland, where they can struggle when facing ten men behind the ball and have recently looked a side bereft of ideas and attacking inspiration.

With Braga coming into the game buoyed by a sterling run of performances that has left them unbeaten under their new manger Rúben Amorim, they seem likely to be more expansive than what the Ibrox men usually face in their bread and butter domestic encounters.

That is a situation that may suit Gerrard but with a fading league challenge he can little afford more disappointment against a team many fancy his side to ease past.

We look at the big questions the Rangers gaffer faces ahead of the big game on Thursday.

Go for broke with home advantage?

While the temptation is to get torn into Braga and have them rocking within the opening stages, Rangers have been more tactical in their approach this season, especially against better sides.

Gerrard will likely adopt a measured approach with the midfield battle and each side's careful use of the ball key to their success.

While conventional wisdom of the past dictated you had to go into the away tie with a comfortable lead to have a chance of progression, the rise of transition based football popularised by more defensively minded coaches like Jose Mourinho has changed the game.

With away goals of huge importance, a side with a solid defence like Rangers and quality on the break means they are always a goal threat no matter what the venue.

While a win would be brilliant, even a 0-0 would provide a significant avenue of success in Portugal.

Is it time to drop Ryan Kent?

The winger has gone off the boil but it hasn't been for a lack of effort. Kent is always a buzz-bomb of activity for the team and rarely hides but things just haven't been coming off for the former Liverpool man.

With a £7million price tag, the pressure is always going to be on the 23-year-old to produce but perhaps that's a little unfair.

While it's huge money by SPFL standards it's chicken feed in context of European football. Simply put £7m might have once got you a difference maker, now it gets you a Liverpool Academy player.

Despite his issues, Kent remains the most naturally talented player in the squad. His gifts are many, from close control and excellent dribbling to a ferocious work ethic - he is a player who can go to the top.

While Kent has struggled at times against the unchecked physicality of Scottish defenders and packed defences he is extremely dangerous against more progressive sides as Celtic have found to their cost.

If his substitution at the weekend on the 55th minute represented a shot across the bows from his manager, you can't imagine a scenario where Gerrard drops his most talented player in the type of game his skills can make a difference.

Should Florian Kamberi start?

The Hibs star looked good in his cameo at the weekend and his introduction gave his side a slightly different shape and threat.

Pushing forward from the left more aggressively than Kent, he pushed Livingston onto the back-foot and was unlucky not to score after his strike was ruled out for the narrowest of offside calls.

The last 32 of the Europa League would represent a significant step up in quality and while his hunger and drive will have made an impression, another appearance from the bench seems the most likely outcome for the Albanian striker.

Who will start in midfield?

Rangers have a tried and tested midfield for these games of Kamara, Davis and Jack. While the latter two are stick-ons to start, Kamara has been benched after a lackluster start to the season.

Scott Arfield has been in brilliant form of late with four goals in three games so logic dictates he will continue in the side.

But given the quality of Braga, Gerrard may decide to go back to the blend that has already served him well in these games.

Kamara gives the midfield a muscular blend of physicality and ball retention that brings balance to the entire unit.

If the Finn is to come back in, Gerrard will have to choose two from three between Iannis Hagi, Arfield and Kent.

The manager's selection in this area is sure to be a marginal decision but with a tight game in prospect you can see him wanting the solidity and form of the Canadian and the pace of Kent slightly more keenly.