By Ben Brown

22nd Apr, 2022 | 10:00pm

RB Leipzig star Emil Forsberg sends message to Rangers ahead of Europa League semi-final

Emil Forsberg was in a bullish mood talking to the media in the lead-up to RB Leipzig and Rangers’ clash in the Europa League semi-finals.

The German side overcame Atalanta to book their place in the last four whilst Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men secured a dramatic extra-time victory against Braga.

Forsberg grabbed an injury-time winner against Union Berlin to send Leipzig into the DFB-Pokal final and has now set his sights on a domestic and European double.

“We have so much quality in the team that I really believe we can win both the Europa League and the DFB Pokal,” quotes the Daily Record (22 April).

“I was with RB Leipzig when we were struggling in Bundesliga 2 but we battled on and look at us now. I’ve experienced RB in the weak times and the good times.

“These are very good times now, We didn’t start the season that well, but now after the winter break we’ve stepped on the gas.

“We’ve found ourselves again, our football and how we want to play. We are in a good place at the moment.”

Winning Mentality

With Leipzig in such good form Rangers always knew it will be a difficult tie for them to progress from.

However they themselves have shown fantastic pedigree this season, also on course for a domestic trophy after their victory against Old Firm rivals Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.

And they have already defied the odds knocking German opposition out of this year’s Europa League, dumping Borussia Dortmund out in the last-32 with a 6-4 aggregate scoreline.

Dortmund currently sit nine points ahead of the Gers’ upcoming opponents in the Bundesliga standings so it seems a little bit overconfident from Forsberg given the sides van Bronckhorst’s side has already swept aside.

If they can perform to the same levels as they have in previous rounds, there’s no reason Rangers can’t claim yet another European scalp on this remarkable run to the competition’s latter stages.

In other Rangers news. this journalist has backed van Bronckhorst to reshape the squad over the summer.