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15th Apr 2022

Ally McCoist gives his verdict ahead of Rangers semi-final against Leipzig

Luke Jennings

“I think Braga were impacted by that atmosphere tonight.”

Ally McCoist commended the ‘achievement’ of Rangers reaching the semi-final of the Europa League following their 3-2 aggregate win against Braga at Ibrox.

Goals from James Tavernier and Kemar Roofe on Thursday saw the Gers overturn their 1-0 first-leg deficit to reach the last four of the competition.

Ally McCoist

Ally McCoist reflects on Rangers victory.

Despite the result, McCoist highlighted that the game should have been finished by full-time, due to the chances Rangers created.

The former Rangers manager alluded to the electric atmosphere at Ibrox Stadium which saw the Gers reach the semi-final of the Europa League, an achievement McCoist didn’t see coming so soon.

McCoist credited Rangers for their match-winning performance, despite the wasteful nature of the Gers chances.

“Kenny (Miller) and I were talking, the game should have been done at full-time. What an achievement for the club,” McCoist told BT Sport.

“The stadium is going absolutely crazy. I must admit, I thought it would be a long time before this football club would be back in a European semi-final.

“Make no mistake about it, Rangers thoroughly deserved it. Apart from some poor finishing, the game probably should not have gone to extra time.”

Ally McCoist

McCoist looks ahead to the semi-final.

This is the first time since 2008 Rangers have qualified for the semi-finals of a European competition. McCoist emphasised the significance of this achievement by the Gers.

Rangers face RB Leipzig on the 28th of April at the Red Bull Arena. The 59-year-old claims the Germans “will not find it easy” against Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s side.

“What an achievement for Rangers to get to a European semi-final. It’s magnificent,” McCoist added.

“Leipzig will not find it easy against Rangers. I think Braga were impacted by that atmosphere tonight.”

Ally McCoist

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