Ally McCoist lauds Rangers for season's European exploits
Rangers icon Ally McCoist has praised his former side for their Europa League run this season under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
The talkSPORT pundit was in a jovial mood over the Gers’ unlikely success this morning (21 April), referring back to the group stage where the Ibrox side recovered from a poor start to qualify for the knockout round.
This is the first time Rangers have reached the semi-final stages of a European competition since 2008 and McCoist has urged his former club to not underestimate upcoming opponents RB Leipzig.
“It’s unbelievable,” he said.
“Remember they lost their first two games in the group stage? They ended up taking eight from the next 12 points and then knocked out Dortmund, Red Star and Braga.
“Some of their performances in Europe have been incredible, especially the Dortmund one.
“The only thing I would say is I would hate for anyone to underestimate RB Leipzig. I looked at it and since Christmas Leipzig have been the best team in Germany, including Dortmund and Munich.
“I think Rangers are second-favourites against Leipzig, however the way they’ve been playing in Europe you never know.”
It’s been a turbulent yet brilliant season in equal measure for Rangers this time around, losing Steven Gerrard as manager in November with van Bronckhorst taking the hot seat.
And whilst retaining the Scottish Premiership title looks unlikely now after they fell six points behind Old Firm rivals Celtic at the top the Europa League run coupled with a Scottish Cup final have helped salve many of those league wounds.
Few gave the Gers’ any chance of progressing through their last-32 tie against German giants Borrusia Dortmund but they put in a superb display in a 4-2 victory at the Westfalenstadion before seeing the tie through at Ibrox.
They also play their first leg against Leipzig in Germany which could prove crucial if they can manage to bring a positive scoreline back to a raucous home crowd a week later.
With the way van Bronckhorst’s men have been playing in Europe this season, you wouldn’t bet against it.
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