Sir Alex Ferguson says Rangers have 'great chance' to win Europa League
Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that “absolutely brilliant” Rangers have a “great chance” of winning the Europa League final.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side swept away RB Leipzig 3-1 at Ibrox – 3-2 on aggregate – in what was their “worst performance” in Europe this season according to the former Manchester United manager.
The Light Blues face Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt in the final in Seville on May 18 and Ferguson is hopeful.
Speaking at the Scottish Football Writers’ Association via Glasgow Evening Times, he said: “I’ve been watching their games and they’ve been fantastic in Europe.
“In fact, I would say on Thursday, that was their worst performance, but they had the spirit and the desire to get to the final.
“But their performances before that in – in Dortmund – have been absolutely brilliant. Now they are in the final and they have a chance, they have a great chance.”
Eintracht Frankfurt are going to be Rangers’ toughest test yet. The Germans have beaten several quality teams on their way to the final whilst being the underdogs much like the Gers.
Nobody gave them a chance against Barcelona or West Ham but they defied all odds and made it through both ties.
The Scots can take so much confidence from their own route to Seville though – they haven’t played anyone lesser than Frankfurt.
In fact, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig have gotten the better of them in the Bundesliga this season and van Bronckhorst’s side dealt with both of them.
Cup competitions are different and the scary thing is that Frankfurt seemingly thrives in the cup – similarly to the Light Blues.
There seems to be nothing splitting the two sides who are very, very similar. Even both sets of fans have played a key role in helping their team to the final.
Playing at a neutral venue with only one leg in the final will be a massive difference and whoever is better on the night will walk away with the trophy – hopefully it is the Bears.