By Pranav Shahaney

27th Apr, 2022 | 5:10pm

Tom English takes dig at Rangers after 2021 European woes

Tom English admits nobody thought that Rangers would be in a European semi-final after the way they started the campaign.

They failed to qualify for the Champions League despite a favourable qualifying draw.

After which, they even lost their first two games in the Europa League and looked set for an exit.

Discussing this in BBC column, English wrote:

“Apparently, half his audience collapsed with shock when they saw him emerging from the mammal’s belly, a bit like how half the audience – or more – collapsed with shock when Rangers stuck four on Dortmund in their own place in the first knockout round of the Europa League.

“We’re guessing that a similar bemused look would have appeared on the faces of football folk in this country had you told them back in September that Rangers, with one win from six games in Europe to that point, would be playing in a Europa League semi-final before the season was out.

“They’d also lost to Dundee United and drawn with Motherwell. A European semi-final? You’d have been laughed out of town had you aired that notion back then. Had you floated it on Twitter you’d have sparked social media’s greatest pile-on. The reaction would have been merciless.”

No excuses

The start of the season was an awful one for Rangers and few thought that it would pan out the way it did.

The club are realistically two wins away from securing a European trophy.

What’s standing in their way are two German sides and one Premier League outfit.

Gers aren’t the favourites for the Europa League but then they weren’t fancied to beat Borussia Dortmund either and they’ve done exactly that.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has taught these players to punch above their weight and they’ve thrived under his stewardship.

It’s now time for him to deliver something tangible and win the Europa League.

In other Rangers news, the club are ‘not convinced’ by a key first-team player and an early termination of his contract is extremely likely.