By Joe Ellis

27th Apr, 2022 | 12:40am

Kyle Lafferty adamant that Rangers Europa League final would surpass 2008

Rangers will head to Germany today as they prepare to face RB Leipzig in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final full of confidence.

The Light Blues have already been to the land of the Bundesliga this season and dismantled Borussia Dortmund 4-2 but tomorrow evening’s clash should prove to be a very different test altogether.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has a big selection dilemma without Alfredo Morelos or Kemar Roofe who are both injured but Kyle Lafferty thinks progression to the final would surpass the same accomplishment the club made in 2008.

“It would be a bigger achievement getting to the final this time around,” Lafferty said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“If Rangers weren’t going to win the league but get to the final of a European competition then every fan would be happy.

“Rangers need to get to the final. It’s exactly that. It’s a final and everyone knows what can happen in a cup final.

“It’s a one-off game and if you turn up you can punish teams. This Rangers squad right now are in a good place.

“They can definitely damage Leipzig and again whoever is in the final.”

No stopping us

RB Leipzig will know that even a slender victory in the first leg of the tie won’t be enough for them to progress.

Once we get them back to Ibrox next week, they will crumble in the cauldron of the Scottish atmosphere that Borussia Dortmund, Red Star Belgrade and Braga have all fallen to.

van Bronckhorst might have to shuffle his pack to accommodate his strikers’ absences but Fashion Sakala looks to be fit after a scare which should see him lead the line.

Leon Balogun will probably return at centre-half after being sent off against Motherwell at the weekend with Calvin Bassey moving to left-back and Borna Barisic dropping to the bench.

The away end will be packed to the rafters tomorrow night with thousands of passionate Rangers fans and the boys on the pitch will hear you all loud and clear as soon as they arrive at the ground.

In other Rangers news, we think our boss has been conned out of the SWFA shortlist announced today.