By Doug Ward

8th May, 2022 | 12:58pm

Graeme Souness thrilled for Rangers in Europa League as he shares £12m view

Rangers’ win against RB Leipzig on Thursday night was the greatest moment of Graeme Souness’ time supporting the club.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men came from behind after a first-leg defeat to win 3-2 on aggregate at Ibrox and set up a Europa League final showdown against Frankfurt.

Souness felt as though he was watching a high-end Premier League club with the way Rangers played while the ex-Gers manager is also staggered by how little the team cost compared to Leipzig’s.

“Thursday was the greatest night in my time as a Rangers supporter,” said Souness on The Times website (8 May). “I watched the club I formerly managed beat RB Leipzig 3-1 to reach the Europa League final on television but I’d have loved to have been at Ibrox for it.

“It’s an unbelievable achievement and it’s not like they have been lucky. They have been better than Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig, two big Bundesliga clubs, over two games, as well as Red Star Belgrade and Sporting Braga in the knockout phase

“It’s a remarkable run, given the budgets they are up against. Their starting line-up against Leipzig cost around £12 million and less than a decade ago they were playing in Scotland’s bottom tier against semi-professional teams. It wasn’t just the victory, it was the manner of it. Rangers looked like a team from the top end of the Bundesliga, La Liga or the Premier League. They have been sensational and there’s no reason they can’t go and win it now. Giovanni van Bronckhorst, the manager, knows what he’s doing, he’s been around big games and handles himself really well. The players, to a man, have been sensational. They defend properly, they are workaholics, they’ve got pace and carry a scoring threat, despite having several strikers out.”

Monumental victory

It’s unlikely that many Rangers fans these days will remember anything quite like that win at Ibrox on Thursday night.

It was easily one of the best nights in this club’s great history.

While we would have liked to have drawn West Ham in the final, Frankfurt are a team who we’re looking forward to facing too.

Like Rangers, they’re a club with a great history, great fanbase and have overcome the odds to get to this stage of the competition.

They’re two very fitting finalists.

While we’re not going to talk them down or anything like that, Frankfurt are a team that on paper aren’t as good as Leipzig or Borussia Dortmund.

Rangers have knocked stronger clubs out of the Europa League already but to counter that point, Frankfurt have knocked out better teams than us too.

Barcelona and West Ham have fallen to the Germans in the last two rounds of the Europa League.

What a final this is going to be.

In other Rangers news, this Gers star could be ruled out of the Europa League final, according to a Sky Sports journalist.