Kenny Miller says Europa League win would be biggest success in Rangers history
Kenny Miller believes this Rangers team winning the Europa League would be the biggest achievement in the club’s history, including the Barca Bears in 1972.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side have reached the Europa League final where they will take on Eintracht Frankfurt in May 18th, with the chance to go one further than the team of 2008 did against Zenit St Petersburg.
Now in his Daily Record column, Miller says the size of the achievement this season considering the financial gap between sides and the fact they’ve played 18 European games already means it would trump both 1972 and even the Lisbon Lions from 1967.
“If Rangers win it, it would be right up there with Celtic’s Lisbon Lions in 1967 and the Barca Bears in 1972,” he said. “I understand that the European Cup is the big prize which Celtic won and that stands alone.
“The Cup Winners’ Cup victory for Rangers was also a huge feat. But there was a more level playing field in Europe back then, with regards to finance. And sometimes you only had four or five ties to reach a final.
“Thursday night’s win over RB Leipzig was this Rangers team’s 18th game in Europe this season. That’s half a domestic season in some countries. It was Rangers’ 60th game in total.
“I’m respectful and honest. The wins in ‘67 and ‘72 will never be forgotten. They were phenomenal moments for both clubs. The Lions and the Bears will live forever in the clubs’ histories.
“But if they win it? It would be one of the biggest achievements ever.
“In terms of Rangers Football Club, for me it would be the biggest. And you know what? It’s been fully earned and deserved.”
Win, lose or draw in Seville next week, the achievement of this squad will be remembered for a very long time into the future.
Saying it’s bigger than the legendary 1972 side’s success is a big claim, and anyone around the or with nostalgia will immediately claim it to be false. But the facts are the facts.
This is a Rangers side who financially are nowhere near the heavyweights in Europe these days, and prior to the campaign starting it would’ve been seen as an achievement just to make it out of the group stages.
But the levels of performance have been phenomenal all season, and even with a new manager mid-season they never lost faith or lost sight of success.
If they win, this Rangers team will go down in history as one of the best ever and the comparisons can then begin, but not until they lift that trophy.
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