I haven’t watched the heart breaking Europa League final back and I NEVER will say Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst


HE hasn’t watched the Europa League final back.

And Giovanni van Bronckhorst has revealed that he never will.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst says he won't ever watch the Europa League final back


Giovanni van Bronckhorst says he won’t ever watch the Europa League final backCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

For the Rangers boss, the pain felt in Spain two months ago still lingers.

The thought of trawling back through the tape is too much for the Dutchman to bear.

He’d known heartache like it before, captaining Holland in their agonizing World Cup Final defeat to Spain.

When asked if he’d watched any of the final back, the Gers boss said: “No, and I haven’t watched the World Cup final back either.

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“I remember the game in my head, so I don’t need to watch the pictures of it.

“I know exactly what we did well, what difficulties we had. It is still in my mind.”

For many Gers fans the memories made on the trip to Seville will last a lifetime.

Time and again Van Bronckhorst’s side defied the odds to reach their fifth European final.

And while they fell short in the end, the Ibrox gaffer believes the despair felt after their loss on penalties can fuel their glory quest this season.

He said: “Of course, you always have to look for the positives.

“We had a disappointment in Seville that night, and then two days after we had the possibility to end the season with a big positive.

“We wanted to win the Europa League, that is normal, but sometimes it doesn’t go your way in football.

“You have to pick up the pieces and keep going again.

“It was a huge game for us to win the Scottish Cup, and also that final helped us a bit going into the break.

“The players went into their international games a bit more positive than if Seville had been our last game.”


As well as targeting a return to the group stages of the Champions League, GVB admits Gers biggest aim is to win the Premiership title again.

Last season Celtic wrestled the title from them — finishing four points clear at the end.

Van Bronckhorst predicts another titanic tussle as the Old Firm go head-to-head.

He added: “The margin and the difference was really close.

“If you look back on the season, there were games we should have won and didn’t, and we lost important points.

“I think the season this year will be the same, it will be very close because Celtic invested a lot last year in their squad compared to the year before that.

“The margins are really fine, so it means you have to be ready for the Old Firm games, but make sure in all the other matches you don’t drop too many points.

“It is our aim to become champions of Scotland this year.”

As well as competing with the Hoops, Van Bronckhorst knows performances outside of Old Firm games must improve.

Gers dropped too many points to the likes of Motherwell and Ross County last term, and the Ibrox boss has called for a big improvement.

He said: “We will concentrate on Rangers and the development of my team, and the players we want to bring in now.

“But we are going to play against Celtic, going to play against Hibs, Hearts and the other teams, so you will keep their development in mind as well because you will face them.

“It is important to be well prepared and know the squad you are playing against, and their qualities as well and how they play. That is for all the teams we are playing.

“But Celtic will be the team who will push us for the championship again.”

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Gers fly back from their pre-season camp in Portugal this week.

GVB added: “We have had some good training sessions, we’ve had meetings and we are working hard to get the squad ready for the season.”

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