By Saikat Mandal

28th Apr, 2022 | 2:40pm

Alan Brazil refuses to wish Rangers good luck ahead of Europa League clash

Alan Brazil is a massive Celtic fan and he didn’t bring himself to wish Rangers ahead of their Europa League semi-final clash against RB Leipzig on Thursday. 

The German will start as favourites but a decent performance away from home could set up for a grand finale next month. 

Having beaten the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Red Star Belgrade already, the Gers shouldn’t fear anyone. 

Brazil admits that a win for the Light Blues would be good for Scottish football as a whole, but he refused to wish them good luck. 

“If anyone had said to me Rangers could get where they are in Europe at the moment, I’d have said no,” Brazil said on talkSPORT (via Football Scotland).

“But it’s good for Scottish football, it really is in terms of seedings and stuff like that. 

“I can’t talk about Rangers because there’s a massive game coming up on Sunday at Celtic Park.” 

When Gabby Agbonlahor pushed him to say whether he’d be rooting for them to win in Germany, the radio presenter added: “I can’t. Look at the time, it’s three minutes to seven! talkSPORT news and sport headlines. Do the birthdays and I’ll think about it!”

Grand occasion

Leipzig are expected to pose a strong challenge considering they are one of the most in-form teams in the Bundesliga at the moment. 

However, the Gers have nothing to fear. Leipzig sit nine points and two places below Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

It seems like Rangers are being seen as an underdog in this tie, and they are being underestimated. 

The Gers are a nightly opponent at home and they showed their class against Braga in their last round that generating a lot of attention. 

However, it would be foolish to write them off. They have shown their quality having beaten Dortmund away from home in Germany already. 

It does seem unjust to suggest Rangers are purely reliant on their Ibrox form, but Giovanni van Bronckhorst won’t mind as long as they are winning the tie. 

The Gers are missing some of their key players and a draw or even a narrow loss this evening would be a good result. 

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