By Joe Ellis

17th Apr, 2022 | 7:40pm

RB Leipzig ace Dani Olmo didn't want to draw Rangers in Europa League

Rangers will have to battle past Bundesliga side RB Leipzig if they want to reach the Europa League final but it will be just as tough for the Germans.

Leipzig knocked Serie A club Atalanta out in the quarter-final stage to remain the only club who dropped out of the Champions League to be in the last four of the Europa League.

The Light Blues meanwhile edged past Braga after extra time to set up an Anglo-German dogfight in the semi-final with either West Ham or Eintracht Frankfurt awaiting in the final.

Leipzig midfield talent Dani Olmo though has admitted that he didn’t want to draw the Gers in the semi-finals with the Ibrox atmosphere playing its part.

 “I would have preferred to face a different rival in the semi-final and not Rangers,” Olmo said, as quoted by the Daily Record. “But in a European semi-final, any opponent is dangerous. Our quarter-final against Atalanta was hard and to win in Italy is never easy.

“I have enormous respect for the Scottish club and I’m convinced it will be two intense matches.

“To play the second match at Ibrox offers more problems for us so we want a good score at home – but we don’t fear the Glasgow atmosphere. The success of this team is in our spirit and maybe that can make us Europa champions.

“But Rangers have an excellent squad. The chances of reaching the final are 50/50. I doubt that’ll change after the first match.”

In their heads

It’s only been three days since Rangers’ epic victory against Braga at Ibrox and already the Germans can’t get that semi-final out of the heads.

They’ve heard all about that famous atmosphere that only the Light Blues brigade can conjure up and they are quaking in their boots at the prospect of playing in front of it.

For Giovanni van Bronckhorst, he has to use Olmo’s comments to remind his own squad just how impactful they have become without them even realising it.

The combination of their own performances and the crowd at their loudest is a recipe that very few teams in the world can overcome.

All they have to do in Germany is keep it close and hope that they can use their huge home advantage to carry them over the line and into the final in Seville.

In other Rangers news, a supercomputer has predicted if the Gers will go on to win the Europa League after beating Braga.