Rangers: Simon Jordan slams Martin Keown’s claim on the Gers

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Rangers overcame a 1-0 deficit from the Europa League semi-final first leg against RB Leipzig to book their place in the final after a dramatic night at Ibrox.

James Tavernier and Glen Kamara fired the Gers into a 2-0 lead just 24 minutes into the clash, giving them the lead on aggregate too. Christopher Nkunku levelled the tie after 70 minutes with extra time looming.

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Up stepped John Lundstram to win the clash 10 minutes from time and to send Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side into the final in Seville later this month.

The Dutch manager has guided his side to the final just months after being appointed as Steven Gerrard’s replacement at Ibrox.

Four new arrivals came through the door in January, however, only one of them were signed permanently with three loan additions being acquired to bolster Van Bronckhorst’s squad.

On talkSPORT, Martin Keown claimed Gerrard deserves some credit for the achievement while lauding Van Bronckhorst’s influence, with Simon Jordan quick to jump on this, saying:

“I think it’s a bit unfair to say it’s Gerrard’s team because two key components of it, which are the people that score the goals that win games weren’t in these fixtures.

“So it’s Van Bronckhorst’s version of maybe a group of players that were established by Gerrard, but he’s taken them into a space and place, without two major assets.”

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Keown was offering a balanced view on the achievements of Rangers, praising Gerrard for assembling the squad but also giving plenty of credit to Van Bronckhorst as he is the one that has got the Gers this far with his tactics and style of play.

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Jordan was very assertive in his response, saying it isn’t fair on the current setup to praise Gerrard for the work he did earlier in the season and even prior to that.

While the now Aston Villa boss probably deserves some praise for the role he played in developing this current set of Rangers players, it’s the Dutchman who deserves the majority of the plaudits and recognition.

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