Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst mentioned it might be robust to choose his gamers up for Saturday’s Scottish Cup last after their Europa League heartbreak in Seville.
Rangers had been a penalty shootout away from successful European silverware for the primary time in 50 years earlier than Aaron Ramsey’s miss on the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium allowed Frankfurt to edge to victory after 90 minutes plus additional time had didn’t separate the 2 sides.
Van Bronckhorst’s aspect collected their runners-up medals barely 64 hours forward of taking to the pitch at Hampden Park towards Hearts in Saturday’s Scottish Cup last, a trophy they haven’t lifted since 2009.
With the Europa League last ending previous midnight native time, Van Bronckhorst and his gamers face a fast turnaround forward of the home showpiece, each bodily and mentally after an exhausting – and in the end disappointing – evening in Spain.
“It is troublesome [to pick the players up for the Scottish Cup final],” he advised BT Sport. “It is quick days as a result of we play on Saturday. However we must face this problem as nicely. The feelings are very down however now we have to vary that rapidly to be ready for Saturday.
“Subsequent season now we have to start out another time. We got here to date as a result of we performed nicely, we had the assumption. However subsequent 12 months it begins once more. It isn’t sure we’ll be on this degree. We will work arduous and ensure we develop as a crew and we need to be on this stage. Subsequent 12 months now we have to do it once more and we’ll work arduous to get silverware subsequent season.
“Whenever you play the ultimate you are very near successful silverware and we had been in the present day. When you do not win the feelings go from presumably very excessive to very low. I’ve had these moments in my profession, dropping massive video games, dropping the World Cup last. It hurts. For us it is now to look forward. It is troublesome however now we have to ensure we’re prepared for Saturday. A giant recreation towards Hearts for the cup.”
Lundstram: We have let everybody down
John Lundstram was maybe fortunate to not face additional punishment following an early unintentional however doubtlessly harmful excessive foot on Sebastian Rode, earlier than persevering with to placed on a usually all-action efficiency which noticed him go down with cramp late on.
The Liverpudlian was left emotional after the ultimate whistle in entrance of a Rangers crowd far in extra of their official allocation of 9,500.
“I do not assume each groups carried out nice. We might have performed higher – it is arduous to carry out on a giant stage like this,” he advised BT Sport.
“It is nervous for everybody. I am simply severely dissatisfied to let everybody down. The Rangers followers have travelled out right here and given us three quarters of the stadium. It is heartbreaking.”
Steven Davis, who was a part of the Rangers squad crushed by Zenit St Petersburg within the UEFA Cup last in 2008, mentioned his aspect had given their all however conceded reaching the heights of a European last could be a troublesome feat to repeat.
“It is an enormous disappointment. It is arduous to mirror immediately,” he mentioned. “The boys have been great, but it surely hurts tonight. Sadly we had been on the fallacious aspect of [the penalties]. Everytime you get to a last it hurts when you do not come away with the trophy.
“However I could not be extra happy with the lads, employees and followers. We left every thing out on the pitch. It’ll be a sore one to take. We all know how troublesome will probably be to get to this stage once more.”
Captain James Tavernier took – and scored – Rangers’ first penalty within the shoot-out, and mentioned the dressing room would rally round itself forward of Saturday’s Scottish Cup last.
He mentioned: “I am devastated. It hurts however I am happy with each one in all them who stepped up and took one.
“We went toe to toe with them, I am dissatisfied as a result of we took the lead. Their keeper made a incredible save with Kent in the direction of the tip.
“I am happy with each single individual concerned in Rangers. We have got to make use of this gasoline to push us on. We need to be again in finals and have an enormous recreation on Saturday. We’re a close-knit dressing room, we’ll get round one another.”