Steven Gerrard shares Rangers delight after reaching Europa League final
Steven Gerrard has shared his delight for Rangers and his Ibrox successor Giovanni van Bronckhorst after they booked their place in the Europa League final.
Thursday night [May 5] saw the Light Blues beat RB Leipzig 3-1 at home, successfully overturning the 1-0 deficit suffered in the first leg.
The former Gers boss shared his delight for his old team, targeting similar success for his Aston Villa side one day.
Gerrard told talkSPORT: “When Gio [Giovanni van Bronckhorst] took over I had a long conversation with him and told him that he was inheriting a fantastic squad full of great players, great boys, great spirit and togetherness.
“But listen, Gio deserves all the credit for steering and guiding and coaching and managing this team, all the way to the last step. I’m really proud of the job that’s he’s done.
“I’m really proud of the players, I do know them well and I’m delighted for them. I hope they can go and achieve something extremely special.”
Gerrard added: “As the Aston Villa coach I’m watching from afar, I’m focused on my priority which is here [Villa], but of course, I’m very pleased and proud. Not just with Rangers but for the job Liverpool have done.
“It’s been a fantastic week of European football, fantastic games and you’re always trying to look to see what you can take out of it and that’s a level we [Villa] need to strive for.”
Wow. It still hasn’t quite sunk in yet – Rangers are in a European final.
Nobody would have thought this was remotely possible at the start of the season but these players have defied all odds and are now one step away from greatness.
Make no mistake Eintracht Frankfurt are an excellent team but given the quality of the teams the Bears have beaten on their route to the final – they will have no fear.
They have already beaten two German sides in the shape of Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig who sit much, much higher than Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.
With that being said, Rangers’ final opponents have beaten Barcelona and West Ham on their way to Seville which will equally fill them with plenty of confidence.
It is all to play for in both cups for the Bears and despite their failure in retaining the league title, this is still set to be a very special season for van Bronckhorst’s side – if they can get over the line.