Ruud Gullit fires strong 'pressure' message to Rangers aces before Seville
Ruud Gullit insists Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s past experience in major tournament finals will help Rangers in the Europa League final.
The Gers face Eintracht Frankfurt in Seville and the boss’ former Netherlands teammate believes that his experiences in the finals at the World Cup and Champions League will give them the one up on the Bundesliga side.
However, the pundit nsists that the onus remains very much on the players who have to “handle the pressure”.
Gullit told Daily Record: “You have to believe in it. Yeah. That’s the biggest point.
“Gio had done a great job at Feyenoord already so he showed he was a good manager.
“I think for him coming back to Rangers was a natural thing to do.
“We have seen what he has achieved in Europe, no one expected that and sometimes you grow in a tournament.
“It’s good for Scottish football as it has made people think differently about the Scottish game.
“People are sitting up and noticing that Scottish teams have good teams and good players.
“I think it could help Gio and Rangers the fact he has played in Champions League and World Cup finals.
“He knows how it is for the players and how to handle that.”
He added: “The players have to handle the pressure – as a coach you can only prepare them.”
If van Bronckhorst wins the Europa League, he would establish himself as a Rangers legend.
Nothing could ever take that achievement away from him, no matter how badly the rest of his time at Ibrox goes.
Based on his first half a season though – it is going to go quite well.
Of course, Celtic won this year’s title and looks to be in very good hands under Ange Postecoglou which is somewhat concerning but the Gers have proven they are more than capable of getting to finals and hopefully, they go on to win the double.
It is imperative that this momentum is built on because it hasn’t all been easy this season for the Light Blues.
They have scraped by at times and their lack of squad depth has massively hindered their league campaign so if they want to usurp their Glaswegian rivals there is a lot of work to do.
However, there a two hugely important games on the horizon and if Rangers win them – nobody will care about the league.
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