Celtic legend Chris Sutton praises rivals Rangers for their Europa League final display – but can’t resist aiming a playful dig – as fans and pundits insist they are proud despite the heartbreaking defeat
- Rangers lost the Europa League final 5-4 on penalties to Eintracht Frankfurt
- Joe Aribo put the Scottish side ahead before Rafael Borre stabbed home to level
- Substitute Aaron Ramsey saw his spotkick saved for the German side to win
- Fans, pundits and ex-players took to Twitter to praise Rangers for their journey
Celtic hero Chris Sutton has praised Scottish rivals Rangers for their performance in the Europa League final but could not resist having a cheeky jibe at their penalty taking, while fans and pundits describe their pride.
Rangers suffered agony in Seville after losing 5-4 to Frankfurt on penalties to see their 50-year wait for a European trophy continue.
Rangers took the lead through Joe Aribo to pile the pressure on but the Bundesliga side struck back when Rafael Borre stabbed home to level.
Rangers suffered agony in the Europa League final after losing 5-4 to Frankfurt on penalties
Celtic hero Chris Sutton has praised Scottish rivals Rangers after the Europa League defeat
The German team ultimately emerged victorious when neither side could break the deadlock and the final came down to a penalty shootout, in which Aaron Ramsey missed to hand Frankfurt the victory.
Former Celtic striker Sutton hailed the Scottish side for giving their all to the final showdown but claimed he expected a higher quality of spotkicks as he had a dig at the number for penalties the Glasgow rivals had been awarded this season.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote: ‘Great effort in the Europa League from Rangers and the players have given their all.
‘With the amount of penalties they’ve been awarded this season I fancied them in the shootout mind. Well done to Frankfurt though. ‘
Frankfurt shotstoper Kevin Trapp (left) saved Aaron Ramsey’s (right) spotkick in the shootout
Sutton (above) could not resist having a cheeky jibe at his rivals penalty taking in the final
Meanwhile, former Rangers defender Carlos Cuellar, who spent one season at the Ibrox, praised the side.
Alongside a blue heart emoji, the Spaniard posted: ‘So so proud of you @RangersFC.’
BBC Sport broadcaster Eilidh Barbour insisted Rangers deserved ‘every accolade’ as she described their journey to the final as ‘incredible’.
‘Heartbreaking way to lose any match, never mind one of this magnitude,’ she wrote on Twitter.
‘What an incredible ride it’s been for everyone associated with Rangers and Scottish football.
‘They’ve done our game proud and deserve every accolade going their way on one of the biggest stages.’
Former Rangers defender Carlos Cuellar took to social media to praise the Scottish side
BBC Sport broadcaster Eilidh Barbour insisted Rangers deserved ‘every accolade’
Meanwhile, former Scottish footballer Michael Stewart insisted the side now needed to turn attention to the Scottish Cup final on Saturday.
‘Great effort from Rangers tonight, but it just wasn’t to be, such a difficult way to lose,’ he said.
‘Direct access to the Champions League is gone, qualifiers it must be. Now they must quickly turn their focus to Saturday and the Scottish Cup final. ‘
German side Hamburger SV also showed their support Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side.
The club’s English account shared: ‘Heads up lads! It was a fantastic run in the #UEL this season. You did yourselves proud! ‘
Former Scottish footballer Michael Stewart insisted Rangers must focus on the Scottish Cup
German side Hamburger SV also showed their support Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side
Gers fans also took to social media to express their heartbreak but insisted they were proud of their side.
One wrote: ‘Well played lads, wasn’t to be but what a run, on to Saturday now to ease the pain a bit!’
Another posted: ‘Gutted to get so close and fall short in the most heartbreaking manner but it’s been a hell of a run. Our club. ‘
Gers fans took to social media to express their heartbreak but insisted they were proud
‘Proud of our team and the journey they took us on to get us there tonight.’ said on supporter.
‘Heartbreaking way to lose a game, but that’s football at the end of the day. Hold your heads high. ‘
While another added: ‘Beyond proud of what this team did, absolutely brilliant.’