Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou reacts to Rangers European run with one-upmanship
Ange Postecoglou reacted to the idea that Rangers are blazing a trail in Europe by telling a journalist he could go and look at Celtic’s European Cup.
Gers are halfway through the Europa League semi-final tie with RB Leipzig after a 1-0 defeat in Germany on Thursday night (28 April), and have every chance of reaching the final.
In contrast, the Hoops were dumped out of the third-tier Europa Conference League by Bodo/Glimt after a comprehensive 5-1 aggregate loss, but their manager pointed back 55 years to the 1967 European Cup win in response to the suggestion that Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men were leading the way on the continent.
The Australian said, via Football Scotland: “Rangers have done very well and Giovanni has done a great job in getting them to the semi-finals.
“I guess from their perspective they are still in the tie and have an opportunity to get to a final, which is great.
“But if you want evidence of how well Scottish clubs can do in Europe, there’s a trophy I can show you just down the road here, mate.”
While the Bhoys have so far proven themselves superior in the league this season, the Light Blues have comprehensively come out on top in Europe.
Limping out of the lesser competition at the same time as Gers were knocking out Borussia Dortmund is one area where the blue half of Glasgow holds bragging rights this year.
A modicum of the domestic dominance was wrested away with the cup victory at Hampden Park, but the consecutive league defeats in surrendering top spot to Postecoglou’s men is undoubtedly a disappointment.
Celtic’s triumph as the first British side to lift the top trophy is an undeniable achievement which cannot be taken away.
But it is not really relevant to a conversation about who is performing better over half a century later.
Perhaps, ahead of the final Old Firm clash of the year (1 May), the success on the other side of the rivalry is slightly getting to the first year Parkhead boss.
Judging by the previous Ibrox nights in the competition, a single goal deficit is far from an insurmountable task to overcome in order to get to the final.
In other Rangers news, the club have been fined yet again for what happened in Europe.