By Beck Pascal

3rd May, 2022 | 8:30am

Charlie Nicholas says if Europa League is enough for Rangers this year

Charlie Nicholas has insisted that Rangers making it to the Europa League final in Seville would be as big as them winning the Scottish Premiership. 

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side face RB Leipzig at Ibrox on Thursday [May 5] where they look to overturn the 1-0 deficit suffered in Germany. 

The Sky Sports pundit believes that in this case, European success would trump domestic success for the Light Blues.

He wrote in his Scottish Daily Express column: “If Rangers can defy the odds and make the Europa League final then it would be as big as winning the league.

“It definitely would be. It maybe wouldn’t have been if it had been to stop the craziness of 10-in-a-row because that was just too personal. The fact is that Celtic look set to win the title back after just one season.

“If Rangers were to overturn the 1-0 deficit at Ibrox against Red Bull Leipzig and make a major European final then that would be a major achievement.

“I have always said the measure of top teams is how they do in Europe.”

Double.

There is no doubt that Rangers fans will be gutted they haven’t retained the title. The Gers have waited so long for their first but after just one season their crown has been snatched away again. 

Stopping ten titles in a row for Celtic was crucial and a job well done by Steven Gerrard and the players but that is long gone. 

The Bears have their own season to focus on though. Despite not winning the league, they have the chance to end the campaign with a double. 

They should beat Hearts in the Scottish Cup final in may without any trouble – if they failed to do that, failing to win the league would be a little bit harder to handle. 

Of course, the Europa League is the big one. It is much harder to do but to be the best you have to beat the best and a European trophy this season would certainly soften not retaining the title.

In other Rangers news, View: Gers fans will love what their key man did to the booing Celtic fans after the Old Firm.