By Doug Ward

15th Apr, 2022 | 4:10pm

German newspapers react as Rangers set up Europa League semi-final clash v RB Leipzig

Rangers will face RB Leipzig in the Europa League semi-finals after a stunning extra-time win against Braga at Ibrox on Thursday night.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men have gone on a run that has seen them play Alashkert, Lyon, Sparta Prague, Brondby, Borussia Dortmund, Red Star Belgrade on Braga and are now in the last four of the Europa League.

However, that hasn’t stopped them from being looked down upon from one German newspaper.

BILD point to Rangers as being Borussia Dortmund’s conquerors but rather disrespectfully suggest that a win for Leipzig in the semi-final is “quite feasible”.

Sport Buzzer, via the Leipziger Volkszeitung, reports that “the Scots are coming” while they also report on Leipzig’s encounter with Celtic in 2018.

They said: “Thousands of fanatical Celtic fans accompanied their team to the trade fair city (Leipzig), bathed the city centre in a green fog, and marched to the stadium in a fan march. If the Rangers are guests at the Saxons, something similar can be expected.”

Disrespectful

Whoever’s written that story for BILD, one of the biggest newspapers in Germany, needs to take a good hard look at what’s happened in Europe this season.

Rangers have knocked Borussia Dortmund out of the Europa League after they finished third in their Champions League group.

Bayer Leverkusen were knocked out of the Europa League by Atalanta.

Villarreal have knocked Bayern Munich out of the Champions League.

Wolfsburg finished bottom of their Champions League group.

And Frankfurt knocked out Barcelona.

That last point sticks out a lot here because it just goes to show that even the German teams are capable of an upset in a European campaign full of Davids winning against Goliaths.

Leipzig are by no means a better team than Dortmund.

They’re fourth in the Bundesliga, below Bayern, Dortmund and Leverkusen.

We know it’s going to be a tough task and we’re not under any illusions as to how good a team Leipzig are.

But the German media, and Leipzig themselves, can write us off at their peril.

In other Rangers news, a BBC Sportsound pundit slammed this Gers star for one incident in the win over Braga.