By Saikat Mandal

9th May, 2022 | 10:00am

Keith Jackson stunned by Rangers Europa League journey

Keith Jackson suggests if Rangers can win the Europa League it will be regarded as one of the biggest achievements in Scottish football.

The Gers will face Frankfurt in the final in Seville, and they will become the first Scottish side to bring European silverware back to Scotland in almost four decades.

Jackson, a journalist for Daily Record, makes a case for the Bears saying they have reached this far with a squad worth less than £20m, whereas the RB Leipzig side was built at a cost of more than £200m.

“That they are now competing against clubs who spend more than that on recruiting youngsters for their academies, is perhaps the most mind-bending aspect of it all,” wrote Jackson for The Daily Record.

“The RB Leipzig side which Rangers knocked out of the semi finals was built at a cost of more than £200m. By comparison, Van Bronckhorst’s entire squad was assembled for less than £20m.

“When these numbers are properly crunched it actually beggars belief that they have made it this far with only Eintracht Frankfurt now standing between the Ibrox club and a first European title in 50 years.”

Massive

It will be a massive achievement for the club if they win the Europa League this season.

Credit must go to Steven Gerrard who assembled a good squad that are strong enough to compete at this level.

It wasn’t an easy ride. Rangers have clocked up 18 games on their road to Seville, and they have beaten two strong German sides in Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig.

They now need to cross the final hurdle by demolishing another German side to lift the trophy.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has made the necessary tactical tweaks, and it has worked for them in European games.

The league campaign was a disappointment, but Rangers will consider it to be a successful season if they can win the Europa League as well as the Scottish Cup.

Van Bronckhorst will hope that he will be able to start with Kemar Roofe and Joe Aribo in the final, both being currently injured.

In other Rangers news, One 25-year-old could now be deemed as surplus to requirements at Ibrox this season