Graeme Souness claims winning the Europa League would be the greatest achievement by ANY Rangers team in his 69-year lifetime as they prepare for the final against Eintracht Frankfurt
- Rangers play Frankfurt in the Europa League final in Seville on Wednesday
- The Scottish side are aiming to win their first European trophy in 50 years
- Graeme Souness said winning the Europa League would top the 1972 triumph
Now 69, the former Ibrox boss watched his old club win the European Cup Winners’ Cup in Barcelona 50 years ago.
Given the growing disparity between the finances of the big five leagues and the rest of Europe, however, he believes that Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side beating Eintracht Frankfurt would top the achievement of 1972.
Graeme Souness believes Rangers winning the Europa League would be the club’s biggest achievement in his lifetime
‘I choose to go back the ten years, and everyone who has taken part in the last ten years and brought the club back to where they are today,’ he said. ‘I was fortunate to have played for them and managed them.
‘We achieved some things when I was there, but that is the greatest achievement in my lifetime and beyond I think.
‘In 1972, when we got to the final in Barcelona, football was a level playing field then.
‘The difference between the big leagues and the smaller leagues wasn’t so great then. I think this time round the way the game has evolved and the television money that has gone into football, for Rangers to be competing in a final is truly remarkable.
‘The players deserve all the credit going — and the manager as well. I think it’s the greatest achievement of any Rangers team since I’ve been supporting them.’
Giovanni van Bronckhorst (right) is hoping to guide Rangers to European glory in Spain
Rangers play Frankfurt in the final of the Europa League in Seville on Wednesday night