Rangers legend with the Europa League final golden ticket helped the home team lift the trophy after making strides since the loss to Celtic

20 May 2022 | 08:31 | Football

Rangers legend Barry Ferguson has his golden ticket to tonight’s Europa League final – and he believes he will see his side go on a better circuit than he did. manager in 2008 by touching the trophy.

The midfielder came close to lifting the UEFA Cup then the UEFA Cup when Walter Smith’s Gers tried to reach the 2008 Manchester final, only to lose 0-2 to Zenit St Petersburg’s side due to coaching former Ibrox member Dick Advocaat manages.

But tonight, he heads to the final in Seville as a fan who, along with his sons Connor and Kyle, has full confidence in his former teammate Gio van Bronckhorst to lead the Rangers 2022 team to victory. victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.

I said Lanarkshire Live Sport : “I’ve got everything set up for the match. I’m going with my two sons and some friends so I can’t wait.

“I don’t want to sound overconfident, but I really believe this squad is capable of taking the lead over what I’ve done and the team I’ve played with.

“And that’s just the fact that since then [1-2] Losing to Celtic, the team has gone to great heights and I love that they can change the system in one game.

Barry Ferguson
Barry Ferguson

“Obviously they can start with a 4-3-3, then they can move on to a 3-5-2 or 5-3-2, whatever you want to call it.”

En route to Seville, Fergie saw Rangers overcome tough challenges from Borussia Dortmund, Red Star Belgrade, Braga and RB Leipzig in the knockout stages after successfully negotiating a group stage involving Lyon , Sparta Prague and Brondy.

But he knows Frankfurt – the team that have beaten Barcelona, ​​West Ham and Real Betis along the way – will be a huge test.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 24: FC Rangers’ John Lundstram and Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham compete for the ball in the UEFA Europa League knockout tie First leg Two matches between Rangers FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Ibrox Stadium on the 24th. February 2022 in Glasgow, UK. (Photo by Steve Welsh / DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

He said: “Rangers are playing against a good team. You cannot get to the final if you are not a good team, so it will be difficult against Frankfurt.

“But the Rangers deserved to be there. They got there because of it.

“For me, they gave the favorites at Borussia Dortmund and they earned the right to the final.

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“But now – go and win that final.

“I know how it feels after I lose it and it’s not a good feeling.

“I want nothing more than for this group of players to have a better goal than I did.

Lee McCulloch and Barry Ferguson in Manchester after Rangers' UEFA Cup Final defeat in 2008
Lee McCulloch and Barry Ferguson in Manchester after Rangers’ UEFA Cup Final defeat in 2008

“Honestly, I never thought I’d see Rangers here again.

“But once they beat Dortmund, I just have a feeling we’re going to be in the final.

“I want to see my old team go and achieve a lot and I will be there cheering them on to hopefully see them push the boundaries.”

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