By Ben Brown

2nd May, 2022 | 5:40am

Neil Alexander reflects on 2008 UEFA Cup run as Rangers look to emulate past success

Former Rangers goalkeeper Neil Alexander looked back with pride on the club’s run to the 2008 UEFA Cup final as the current stars try to repeat the feat.

The 44-year-old was a hero in the semi-final shootout against Fiorentina 14 years ago, saving from Fabio Liverani before Christian Vieri’s blast over the bar allowed Nacho Novo to seal a historic win.

And Alexander has reflected on that monumental night, whetting the appetite of the current crop of Rangers players as they look to write their own chapter in Gers’ folklore.

“14 Years ago today! One of the best nights of my career,” he said on his Twitter account (1 May).

“What a feeling. What an achievement!”

Huge Night

That shootout in Florence was undoubtedly a famous night in the history of Rangers, but a reversal of their one-goal deficit against RB Leipzig on Thursday night could be classed as even bigger.

The club have had to do it the hard way to get back to this sort of stage and a journey to a European final would be a huge statement as to just how far they have managed to come.

Leipzig are a classy outfit and will not be easy to overcome but the Bears have already shown an ability to turn ties on their head in front of a raucous Ibrox crowd, doing just that against Portugues outfit Braga to book their slot in this stage of the competition.

If they manage to do so again it will surely be classed as Rangers greatest European run of the century, topping even that 2008 fairytale.

In other Rangers news, this pundit was not impressed with what he saw from this ace during the Old Firm derby against Celtic.