By Joe Ellis

9th May, 2022 | 8:10pm

Rangers have Europa League advantage due to Frankfurt fixture dilemma

The 2021-22 Europa League final is just nine days away and Rangers might have the upper hand in the build-up to the game.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side travel to Hearts on Saturday (14 May) for the final game of their Scottish Premiership season but their title hopes could have already been shattered by Celtic if they win at Dundee United on Wednesday (11 May).

That means the boss could heavily rotate his side at Tynecastle to allow his star players a good rest before the final the following week but that won’t be a blessing for their Eintracht Frankfurt.

Despite the Bundesliga side lying in 12th with nothing to play for in their final game of the season, also on Saturday, they have the small matter of a local derby against Mainz to end their domestic season.

With the rivalry between the two clubs, Frankfurt manager Oliver Glasner has insisted that he will field a full-strength side in an attempt to win local bragging rights even with the Europa League final just days later.

“We want to be at our best in Seville, but we will use the game in Mainz as a dress rehearsal,” Glasner said, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times.

“So I intend to pick my strongest team possible. We will go all out for a win before the Rangers game.”

van Bronckhorst knows all too well the pressures of having to play a fierce domestic derby in the midst of a European run having had to squeeze in the small matter of the Old Firm against Celtic in between knocking RB Leipzig out in the semi-final.

He won’t be thinking about that now though as there is still a small chance of pipping the Hoops to the Scottish title even if they need some big favours from Celtic’s opponents to keep that flame burning.

In other Rangers news, this Europa League run could end up bringing in close to £50million for the football club, depending on the result of the final.