By Doug Ward

29th Apr, 2022 | 12:40pm

BBC Scotland journalist Tom English shares £200m view ahead of Rangers second-leg showdown v RB Leipzig

Rangers’ dream of reaching the Europa League final is still alive despite their first-leg defeat to RB Leipzig, according to Tom English.

On Thursday night, the Light Blues lost 1-0 at the Red Bull Arena in the first-leg of their Europa League semi-final and will welcome the Germans to Ibrox next week for round two.

After being impressed by their display in Leipzig, BBC Scotland journalist English admitted that it’s still on the cards for Rangers to reach the final against a squad of players he claims is worth £200million.

“The home crowd was beginning to turn antsy when Leipzig scored,” English wrote on the BBC Sport website today [29 April]. “They’d gasped at Nkunku’s miss, held their head in their hands anew when he missed again with a back-post header and may have started to give up the ghost entirely when McGregor beat Tyler Adams’ shot away soon after. Five minutes left on the clock. A home support almost resigned to their fate. A visiting force poised to acclaim their most glorious 0-0 in 14 years. Then, the twist in the tale.

“Now it’s Rangers’ turn, though. Now it’s Ibrox’s time. Now it’s the roars of the 50,000 in Glasgow that might have an influence. In their wildest dreams at the beginning of the season they wouldn’t have imagined this scenario – a one-goal deficit going into a home game against a £200m squad to decide who makes it to a European final. It’s crazy.

“The dream is still there for Rangers. It’s going to be brutally tough, but the scale of the challenge is only going to lend enormous power to Thursday night. Writing them off in their own place is not a sensible play. There’s drama to come. Nothing surer.”

Still going to be tough

There’s a lot more to this than simply Rangers having the home support behind them on Thursday night.

While that will definitely count for a lot and will help the players do better, the main issue is the fact that van Bronckhorst looks as though he might be without Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe.

We’re praying that Roofe can get fit in time but you just know that if either of those two strikers were available on Thursday in Germany, we might have got a goal or at least been able to give Leipzig more of a game in terms of our attacking play.

Rangers defended very well but didn’t offer that much going forward.

That’s partly down to van Bronckhorst because playing Scott Wright in a game like that simply didn’t make sense – he hasn’t been good enough for the Gers.

And it’s also down to unavoidable injury issues.

Rangers’ striker area is already fairly weak away from Morelos because Roofe always has injury issues and seems to only play well in spells leading up to an injury.

Fashion Sakala and Cedric Itten are, unfortunately, not good enough.

In other Rangers news, Alan Brazil has dropped an admission about the Gers after watching them play on Thursday night.