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Van Bronckhorst: Rangers Will Fight Hard To Win Europa League

Van Bronckhorst: Rangers Will Fight Hard To Win Europa League

Rangers head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst insists his side can win the UEFA Europa League after Thursday night’s victory against RB Leipzig.

The Scottish Premiership champions beat the Bundesliga club 3-1 at Ibrox, overcoming their 1-0 first leg defeat.

Van Bronckhorst’s side sealed their passage 3-2 on aggregate.

James Tavernier gave Rangers the lead on 18 minutes, while Glen Kamara doubled the advantage six minutes later.

Chris Nkunku halved the deficit for Leipzig on 70 minutes.

The Van Bronckhorst led side got the all important third goal through John Lundstram 10 minutes from time.

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Rangers will now appear in the final of the competition for the first time since 2008.

“It is very hard to find words. It’s been an amazing night. We said we would do everything possible, and the players, together with the crowd, were fantastic,” said the 47-year-old.

“We made the atmosphere we needed. You cannot write a script better than this. We are all very proud, and we all toasted Jimmy.

“The atmosphere goes both ways. For us, it’s very important to help us during the game and for the opponent it’s difficult to play in. [Leipzig] are a team with a lot of experience and quality. To win against them is amazing.

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“[Reaching the final] was not what I was thinking (when I took the job). My first game in charge was against Sparta Prague (in the group stage) and we knew the result would take us into Europe after the break.

“That was our goal but we have taken each opponent game by game and I’m very proud of our achievements. Now we play a final. Not many players play finals. I played one with Barcelona in the Champions League in Paris and a World Cup final in South Africa with my country. It’s not for every player, but we will do everything we can to win it.”

Van Bronckhorst and his players will face Eintracht Frankfurt in the final at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville on May 18, after the Bundesliga outfit beat West Ham United 3-1 on aggregate.

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