By Daniel Feliciano

7th May, 2022 | 6:30am

Ally McCoist tells critics to cut Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst slack after Europa League win

Ally McCoist believes that any pressure Giovanni van Bronckhorst was under at Rangers should be forgotten after making the Europa League final.

Rangers beat Leipzig 3-1 on Thursday [May 5] and will now face Frankfurt in the Europa League final on May 18, just three days before the Scottish Cup final against Hearts.

McCoist was asked by Ray Parlour on the talkSPORT breakfast show [May 6, 9:07] about whether the boss would still be under pressure after surrendering a six-point lead in the title race to Celtic, but the Gers legend was quick to jump to his defence.

“The pressure is right off him mate,” he said.

“There was a big period, absolutely no doubt, especially when Celtic won at Ibrox. He had a big period come up after that.

“To be fair when you get to a European final, win a European semi-final and knock out your biggest rivals in the Scottish Cup semi-final to get to another final, I think he’s cut himself a bit of slack.”

Breathing space

Obviously Rangers fans will be disappointed about their collapse in the Scottish Premiership title race, but what the boss and team have done since has been nothing short of amazing.

They got a win back against Celtic at Hampden in the semi-final, they got a draw at Parkhead and all that while navigating a tough European run including Borussia Dortmund, Red Star Belgrade and Leipzig.

The level of performance hasn’t always been the greatest, but at this stage of the season it’s the results that are most important and they’ve been flawless.

They now have a chance to make history after looking like it was all going wrong at one point, and the manager has earned breathing room and loyalty from the fans and players.

He will be backed 100 percent going forward, win or lose the final, and this is hopefully just a sign of things to come under his leadership.

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