By Joe Ellis

26th Apr, 2022 | 5:10pm

Rangers on end of scathing Lothar Matthaus review ahead of RB Leipzig tie

Rangers are all set to head to Germany on Thursday to try and reach the Europa League final at the expense of Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side will be hoping to emulate their previous successes in the country having already dumped Borussia Dortmund out of the competition in the playoff round.

This should, in theory, be a simpler task for the Ger with Dortmund above Leipzig in the Bundesliga table but with the absence of Alfredo Morelos, it will be anything but.

German football legend Lothar Matthaus though still does not believe that the Light Blues will offer any threat to Leipzig in a scathing verdict on the Glaswegians.

“Dortmund has achieved a very special treble this season of embarrassing cup disasters in the Champions League, German Cup and now the Europa League,” Matthaus said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“The latest was losing to a third rate team, Glasgow Rangers, in the Europa League. Unbelievable.

“I think RB Leipzig are the clear favourites against Rangers.”

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You would think someone as experienced in football as Matthaus would realise that saying things like this before a big game only ever goes badly.

Our boss van Bronckhorst, if he sees these comments, must surely be making a mental note and using Matthaus’ dismissive attitude towards us and Scottish football, in general, to fire up his soldiers before racing into war with Leipzig.

We went to Signal Iduna Park and embarrassed Dortmund in their own backyard and the very same could easily happen again if this German ‘We’re better than everyone else’ mantra becomes too prominent.

Regardless of the reputation of each respective league, Rangers can beat anybody on their day and they have proven exactly that on numerous occasions this season.

Keep it tight in Germany and bring the Bundesliga side back to Ibrox and scare them home with their tails between their legs.

In other Rangers news, talks have been held between the Gers and an English giant over a pre-season friendly.