By Olly Allen

26th Nov, 2021 | 9:33am

Kris Boyd makes Celtic jibe after Rangers progress in Europa League

Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd made a dig at Celtic after a contrast in the two sides’ Europa League fortunes last night.

The Bears beat Sparta Prague 2-0 to confirm their place in the knockout stages, while the Bhoys were beaten 3-2 by Bayer Leverkusen meaning they will drop into the Europa Conference League.

Speaking on Sky Sports News after the evening’s fixtures, Boyd couldn’t risk a cheeky jibe at Celtic’s expense.

“I’ve heard there’s a few Celtic fans wondering where I’ve been in the last few days,” he said.

“They don’t need to worry because I will definitely be here speaking about Rangers in the knockout stages of the Europa League.

“As we know after tonight, that’s not for everyone!”

Sweet victory

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s first game in the Ibrox dugout could not have gone much better last night, with a win and a clean sheet over a Sparta Prague side who had beaten Rangers back in September.

Alfredo Morelos responded to his critics by scoring twice against the Czech outfit, his 12th and 13th Europa League goals since the start of the 2018-19 season.

Seeing Celtic lose and exit the Europa League earlier in the evening will have made the victory even sweeter.

Particularly as the Bhoys got one over on Rangers last weekend, as they progressed to the Scottish League Cup final while the Bears crashed out against Hibernian.

Steven Gerrard led Rangers to the round of 16 of the Europa League in the last two seasons and van Bronckhorst’s aim will be to at least match that.

To do that they will have to beat a third-place Champions League group team over two legs in the Europa League’s preliminary knockout round.

In other Rangers news, these are the Ajax youngsters that could follow Dave Vos to Ibrox.