SNP figures Nicola Sturgeon and Humza Yousaf react to Rangers reaching Europa League final
Nicola Sturgeon and Humza Yousaf were among those who reacted to Rangers reaching the Europa League final Thursday (5 May).
Gers defeated RB Leipzig 3-1 at Ibrox to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit and book their place in a first European final for 14 years, sparking scenes of wild celebration inside the ground.
And the SNP pair were two from the political arena who shared their reactions on Twitter to the achievement from Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side.
Scotland’s First Minister posted on her Twitter account: “Congratulations to RangersFC on a fantastic achievement – good luck in the final!”
Then the Health and Social Care Secretary wrote on his own page: “A stunning result and incredible achievement. Enjoy the moment Rangers fans!”
Of course politicians are always on the look out for some good PR, but the run that this team has put together in Europe this season has been special enough for them to tear themselves away from the local elections and take notice.
Even most rivals would have to acknowledge a grudging respect for the way the players have performed during the knockout stages, the most ardent Celtic fans possibly aside.
Round after round established names have arrived at Ibrox and been broken down by the atmosphere and the performances.
If the final were being held at the Bears home stadium their name would be as good as on the trophy already.
But Eintracht Frankfurt have a famous support of their own, so the final in Seville promises to be a memorable one with these two sets of fans behind their teams.
The SPFL title heading back across Glasgow will be a sore point for the whole summer, but with this team now 90 minutes, and potentially extra-time and penalties, away from lifting a European trophy that would go a long way to making up for it.
Steven Gerrard took the team back to the top of Scotland last season after the long route back from the lower leagues, but van Bronckhorst has put them back on the map in Europe in memorable fashion.
In other Rangers news, there has already been a major boost for the final with news coming out of Germany.