Rangers fans travelled to Seville in their numbers, with roughly 100,000 Gers fans said to have made the trip to Spain. The supporters were briefly in dreamland last night when Joe Aribo slotted past Kevin Trapp to put them 1-0 ahead in the second half, but it was ultimately for nothing as they went out on penalties.
Will Rangers win this weekend?
The defeat means that Rangers won’t be guaranteed a spot in the Champions League next season, and that could impact their summer recruitment plans, with this window set to be a big one, as crucial players such as Allan McGregor, Steven Davis and Connor Goldson all set to become free agents, while Aaron Ramsey will be heading back to Juventus.
Boyd was not very confident or optimistic about Rangers’ summer recruitment as he spoke to Sky Sports, saying: “Next season’s going to be difficult, we’ll see exactly what happens over the summer but as I said, it’s going to be a big season for Rangers recruitment-wise as well.”
TIF Thoughts on Rangers’ summer transfer window…
While reaching the Europa League final was a huge achievement for Rangers, they are still trophyless, with just one more opportunity left this weekend as they take on Hearts in the Scottish Cup final. And although they’ve only finished four points behind Celtic, they are poised to lose several big players, as mentioned above.
This means that this summer will be important for the Gers and Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who will have his first summer transfer window as Rangers manager, so will likely be able to mould the squad into more of his own. However, the budget will surely be a lot lower than it may have been with the Glasgow giants facing a fight to reach the Champions League group stages next campaign.
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