The Rangers feeling I can’t shake but I’m living by a three word motto from here on out – Barry Ferguson – Barry Ferguson


Start dreaming now. There is every chance of Rangers reaching the Europa League Final.

And I would love to see Giovanni van Bronckhorst and his boys go one better than the team I captained in 2008 when we just fell at the final hurdle in Manchester.

Reaching that final against Zenit St Petersburg was a phenomenal achievement and it’s just when you get there and don’t get over the line, you look back and wonder.

If I am being honest, we didn’t produce our best performance on the night and that is what you need to do in these big endings.

It was so disappointing that it turned out that way because some of the displays we had in the run to that final were right up there with the best I’ve been involved in.

As I sat and watched the win over Braga, I felt myself thinking that there’s nothing more I would want than to see than these boys to go one step further and achieve something that would be out of this world. What dreams are made of.

Reaching the semi-finals is a brilliant achievement and nothing should be taken away from this group of players for getting there.

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If you look at the four teams that are left in the competition in Leipzig, West Ham and Eintracht Frankfurt, winning it is not out of reach.

To be honest, I would say Rangers have already put the favorites for the competition out when they disposed of Borussia Dortmund in the play-off round.

Going into the last four, of course it is going to be hard. Leipzig will be favorites for the tie over the two legs but that’s what you want.

You want to go into it with the pressure more on the opposition and, if Rangers can produce those sort of Dortmund displays again, they have every chance of getting into the final and possibly meeting West Ham.

Could you imagine a Battle of Britain Final? It would be incredible. But one step at a time. The semi-final comes first and Rangers fully deserve to be in it because they were excellent against Braga.

First half I felt they were different class. It was 2-0 at the interval and it could and maybe should have been more.

Second half they just couldn’t get the third goal and it was typical that you end up biting nails after the loss of a goal and into extra time.

That was the only slight negative of the entire performance. Losing that goal from a set-piece defensively with the only real chance Braga had was frustrating.

But, other than that, you could not find any fault going throughout the team from one to 11 and then onto the subs who did their bit.

They gave everything and that is all you can ask. There is no doubt Rangers were the better team even when Braga had 11 men on the pitch.

Rangers started quickly. I felt they’d have to do that and, when it happens, it gets the fans going and everyone works together.

Leipzig will be two very difficult ties. I watched their game against Atalanta before the Rangers game and they are a very good outfit sitting fourth in the Bundesliga behind the three bigger guns.

They will be a level above Braga but so are Dortmund and it doesn’t matter who you are playing in a European tie at Ibrox, with that crowd behind you, you can win.



Rangers beat Braga on a thrilling night at Ibrox

I’ve come up against Inter Milan players and Barcelona players and I’ve looked at them in that atmosphere and seen them doing interviews afterwards.

They are taken back by it and it can be very, very special on European nights.

If there was one tiny bit of regret from the win, it’s that the game going into extra time was not ideal in terms of tomorrow’s Scottish Cup semi-final.

There will be tired legs and heavy legs. It certainly looked as I watched extra time that there were a few tired boys out there and little wonder.

They left everything out on that pitch. It needed to be that way and what I loved to see is that they really enjoyed
it amongst themselves and with the supporters.

You do that, go into the dressing room, cuddle each other, have a shower and the minute you walk out of that front door, the focus goes on to Hampden. It is just a case of doing everything right in between the matches to make sure you recover as best you can and there will be after effects.

But the great thing about it is you are playing your fiercest rivals. Adrenalin will get you through and energy reserves will come from somewhere because it is the semi-final of the Scottish Cup against Celtic.

It’s at Hampden, the tickets are split 50-50. I’m buzzing for it. It is going to be brilliant.

Come 2pm on Sunday, Rangers will be back and focused and they have a right to be full of confidence because of what they are doing in Europe.

Domestic business is very important, but so is Europe and these players are just three matches from achieving something on the continent that will last forever.

Leipzig is going to be very difficult but all I can say is Bring it On.




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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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