By Beck Pascal

7th May, 2022 | 9:10am

BBC pundit gushes over 'extraordinary' Rangers in massive final claim

Joe Cole has been left in awe of “extraordinary” Rangers after their Europa League semi-final win against RB Leipzig on Thursday [May 5].

Wowed by the Ibrox atmosphere as the Gers overturned yet another deficit at home, the Englishman claimed it is one of the hardest stadiums to get a result in football as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side won 3-2 on aggregate. 

The BBC pundit admitted he will be supporting the Light Blues in the final after Eintracht Frankfurt beat his beloved West Ham.

Cole told BT Sport [May 5, 22:20]: “Giovanni van Bronckhorst has done a fantastic job on top of what Steven Gerrard built.

“What they have achieved is extraordinary over the last two years its similar to West Ham but they have gone that extra bit further. 

“We are BT and we will be supporting Rangers for sure. 

He added: “Ibrox is one of the hardest places to go to get a result.”

One more step.

What an achievement reaching the Europa League final is by Rangers. Time and time again they have been written off but whether it was Borussia Dortmund, Braga or Leipzig they stunned their opposition.

They have beaten a host of quality opposition and van Bronckhorst and his players might just think it is fate that they will lift the trophy at the end of the season because of their excellent, surprise run. 

Make no mistake, the final is going to be the highest hurdle yet. Frankfurt are no pushovers having beat Barcelona and West Ham in the last two rounds and doing it rather convincingly.

Cole eluded to the brilliant impact that the Bears fans have in Ibrox which has undoubtedly helped Rangers reach the final. With the final being played at a neutral venue – that is another obstacle van Bronckhorst’s side may have to overcome. 

It will be a huge game but having gone this far, the Gers will be confident they can go all the way.

In other Rangers news, Kenny Miller has flown to the defence of a rarely seen Rangers ace after an “abysmal” view of a major incident.