Europa league final preview

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Rangers players have arrived in Seville ahead of their Europa league final.

The Scottish side have begun their pre match training in Spain ahead of their match. This comes 50 years after the night in Barcelona and 14 years since their last European final as they look to make history.

After beating RB Leipzig over two legs in the semi-finals Rangers must once again overcome German opposition if they wish to lift the famous trophy on Wednesday night.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MARCH 10: Players of Rangers pose for a team photo prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Leg One match between Rangers FC and Crvena Zvezda at Ibrox Stadium on March 10, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images )

Finals opponents Eintracht Frankfurt are undefeated in this season’s competition defeating big hitters Barcelona and West Ham on their route to the final.

They currently sit in 11th place in the German Bundesliga below RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund which will give the light blues some hope before the game having already eliminated both of these sides.

It is estimated that up to 100,000 Rangers fans will make the journey alongside the team. With under 10,000 tickets available for Rangers fans most will have to settle for cheering on the team from around the city.

Frankfurt are estimated to bring up to 60,000 fans to Seville which should make for a fiery atmosphere on Wednesday night with both sets of fans desperate to see their team come out ahead.

Rangers were given a boost with Aaron Ramsey and Kemar Roofe both back in training having missed out in the semi finals due to injury. Ramsey has managed to play in Rangers last few league fixtures starting in two of their last three games.

Rangers manager Giovanni Van Bronckhorst has said that it will be a “close call” whether Roofe is healthy enough to make the final. He has not managed to play since the 17th of April due to an injury.

With Rangers key man Alfredo Morelos out due to a thigh injury this could force Van Bronckhorst to start players out of their natural position not unlike what was seen in the tie against Leipzig.

Rangers fans will be looking for their captain James Tavernier to be among the goals on Wednesday night. As it stands he is the top scorer in the Europa league and will want to extend his tally against Frankfurt. His early goals against Borussia Dortmund, Braga, Crvena Zvezda and Leipzig have been crucial in Rangers European run.

Frankfurt players celebrate a goal.

Frankfurt manager Oliver Glasner said: “Our unity is our greatest strength because we have a great team spirit in the squad.

“We are really organised and can play physical football at a very high intensity.”

This can be seen through Frankfurt’s disciplinary record having been shown the most yellow cards in this season competition.

Daichi Kamada is Frankfurt’s top scorer in the competition this season netting 5 times throughout the campaign. His goal against West Ham in the first semi-final leg secured the win for the German side.

Speaking earlier Rangers player, Aaron Ramsey said: “There’s a lot of excitement around the club. We’ve put ourselves in an unbelievable position.

“We’ve produced some memorable results and performances throughout the campaign and now there’s just one step further and we’re there”.

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