Simon Jordan tells Rangers to ignore Bundesliga results ahead of Europa League clash v Leipzig
Simon Jordan has told Rangers to ‘read nothing into’ the Bundesliga results at the weekend after RB Leipzig lost before their Europa League semi-final clash.
Leipzig hold a 1-0 lead from the first leg and travel to Ibrox on Thursday to compete for a place in the Europa League final, but were beaten 3-1 by Borussia Moenchengladbach at the weekend.
Jordan, speaking live on talkSPORT [May 3rd, 10:11], believes the German side would have had one eye on the game with Rangers though and that they should pay no attention to the result ahead of their crunch clash.
“Did they rest a lot of players?,” he said.
“Read nothing into those [results]. Read nothing into those. They’re both in business mode for their semi-finals and I suspect if it was in our country we would be hearing nothing but endless carping from the managers about how dreadful the fixture list is. How other teams weren’t being patronised by their own federations.
“In this instance the Germans have lost their games and will come over here and will be in business mode, or we’ll go over there in West Ham’s case, and they will be ready to pitch up against their respective sides.”
There is one job for Rangers to do this week and it’s got nothing to do with anything Leipzig have done over the last week, it’s simply win.
The Bears know the task they face, they must win by two goals to secure a passage to Seville later this month after defeat in Germany last week.
The Ibrox crowd will be roaring them on and there is plenty of belief that they will be able to overturn the deficit, and if they’re looking at the league games for any signal then they’ll be mistaken.
They are competing for a Champions League place, but they know that they also get that by winning this tournament and will likely be prioritising progression considering the clear advantage they have at this point in the tie.
Rangers must be prepared for a strong and athletic Leipzig side, but must show no fear and go for it to be able to add another defeat to the tally of the Germans this week.
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