By Beck Pascal

20th Apr, 2022 | 6:10am

Charlie Nicholas shares Rangers chance of silverware after 'big week'

Charlie Nicholas has backed Giovanni van Bronckhorst to deliver silverware at Rangers this season after a “big week” for the Gers. 

Last week saw the Light Blues advance to the sem-final of the Europa League where they will face RB Leipzig as well as beat Celtic in the Scottish Cup to book a place with Hearts in the final. 

Despite tipping the Dutchman for success, the former Scotland international outlined the “massive scrutiny” the Bears will face should they fall at the final hurdles. 

He wrote in his Scottish Daily Express column: “I expect Giovanni van Bronckhorst to now deliver silverware to Rangers this season.

“He has got his team into the Scottish Cup final and into the semi-finals of the Europa League.

“It was a big week for Rangers and they dug out two big results and you need to applaud them for that. They have Hearts in the Scottish Cup final and RB Leipzig in the last four of the Europa League.

“You would have to say that the Scottish Cup looks the most likely route for success but you can never write Rangers off in Europe.

“Hearts will be dangerous in the final,” Nicholas said.

He added: “I would expect them to lift the Scottish Cup because if they don’t they will be under massive scrutiny if they were to fail.”

Impossible 

There is surely no chance that Rangers come away from this season trophyless. Yes, the league looks to be too far gone but both of the cups remain very much in the Gers’ hands which is the most important thing. 

Admittedly, the Europa League looks like a tall order with the other three remaining teams all possessing huge quality but that has been said before. 

Nobody expected them to beat Borussia Dortmund or Red Star Belgrade. Even Braga was supposedly one round too far for van Bronckhorst’s side but here they are, defying all odds. You can never write them off In Europe. 

The Scottish Cup final should be nailed on. Of course, a final is a different game and the tension causes the game to be cagey, impacting performance levels but Rangers need to sweep Hearts to one side. 

They have beaten them on several occasions this season and they have to do it again when it matters most.

In other Rangers news, Jordan Campbell was left raving over John Lundstram after what he did in the win against Celtic.