Europa: Devastated Rangers Were 'So Close To Winning Trophy'

Europa: Devastated Rangers Were 'So Close To Winning Trophy' Photo: TT
Press Conference of Giovanni van Bronckhorst. — Photo by ALesik

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst admits his side were “so close” to lifting the Europa League adding to the pain of their 5-4 penalty shootout defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday.

The 2020-21 Scottish champions had taken a 1-0 lead from Joe Aribo’s 57th minute goal to have their largest contingent of travelling fans believing.

But Eintracht levelled 14 minutes later when Rafael Borre met Filip Kostic’s low cross and beat veteran goalkeeper Allan McGregor.

The Germans were crowned champions on penalties, with Aaron Ramsey’s effort saved by Kevin Trapp, before Borre netted the decisive spotkick.

“The players gave everything, but in the end it was a very tight game,” van Bronckhorst said after the loss.

“It’s a big disappointment; we were really so close to winning a trophy. When you win, you have memories that last forever - when you lose, it hurts.”

Gers captain James Tavernier admitted the players were “devastated” with the defeat.

“It’s never nice to lose a game like that,” said the full-back who topped the Europa League scoring charts with seven goals this season.

“I am proud of every single one of those lads in the dressing room and the journey we’ve been on. We just couldn’t finish it off and we are all devastated.”

Meanwhile, jubilant Eintracht boss Oliver Glasner reveled in victory built off an unbeaten run in Europe.

“Unbelievable! It was the 13th game in Europe and we didn’t lose one,” he said.

“What the guys have done today and this season, I don’t have the words and I am not often lost for words.”

Ben somerford
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