Champions League: As he got ready for Tuesday night’s first leg of the play-off against PSV Eindhoven at Ibrox, Giovanni van Bronckhorst emphasised the significance of Champions League football to both himself and Rangers.
Rangers last competed in the premier club league of European football in the 2010–11 season. As a result of their financial difficulties, they later made a comeback in the second division of Scottish football and were promoted to the top division.
Following their elimination from the Champions League qualifying round by Malmo the previous campaign, the Gers’ players and supporters enjoyed a spectacular journey to the Europa League final before falling to Eintracht Frankfurt in Seville on penalties.
The Rangers boss, who took over last November, has set his sights on the elite tournament.
“It is my hope and our hope,” said the former Feyenoord boss, who confirmed Ryan Kent and James Sands are available after missing the 4-0 Premiership win over St Johnstone at Ibrox on Saturday.
“We are playing European football every season. Last season was the Europa League.