Giovanni van Bronckhorst hails Rangers character following Scottish Cup triumph

Rangers lost the Europa League final on penalties before beating Hearts at Hampden Park on Saturday

Ronnie Esplin
Saturday 21 May 2022 19:19
Comments
Giovanni van Bronckhorst praised Rangers’ character (Andrew Milligan/PA)
Giovanni van Bronckhorst praised Rangers’ character (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Giovanni van Bronckhorst hailed his Rangers side for rising from Europa League disappointment to win the Scottish Cup final against Hearts at Hampden Park.

The Light Blues were shattered by their 5-4 penalty shoot-out defeat in the European final by Eintracht Frankfurt in Seville on Wednesday and, on returning to Glasgow, they then attended the funeral of former kitman Jimmy Bell.

Having to get themselves back up for another big game, Van Bronckhorst’s side were taken to extra time again by the Jambos.

However, they dug deep and a thunderbolt from Ryan Jack in the 94th minute before fellow substitute Scott Wright fired in a second took the trophy back to Ibrox for the first time since 2009, winning 2-0.

The Dutchman said: “We had character. At difficult moments we stand up, rise up and go again. That is important for us as a club.

“When we have moments when we are down, we always have the support of our fans and always come  back stronger.

“To end this week with a trophy is very good for us, very positive.

“It has been a very demanding week. We had the build-up to the final in very difficult circumstances. Mentally the loss was also big because we lost on penalties.

Ryan Jack opened the scoring for Rangers (Andrew Milligan/PA)

“We had to fly back, yesterday we said farewell to Jimmy, in the afternoon we trained and this afternoon we had a meeting about the game we wanted to play and the line-up.

“Again I told them it was the chance to win something. We have to look forward and move on and that’s what they did today.

“All the hard work in the last couple of weeks and months was rewarded today with a trophy.”

Goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin continued his run of playing in every Scottish Cup tie, but in the final seconds he gave way to 40-year-old number one Allan McGregor, whose future has been subject to speculation

Van Bronckhorst said: “It was a nice gesture from Jon.

“He said when the result was there that he would give up his place for Allan for the last minutes.

“Happy for Allan as well that he can lift a trophy at the end of the season.

“It is amazing how, at 40, Allan has performed this year.

“The talks will go on once the season has ended, we have to see what will happen in the next week.”

In their third final in four years, and having clinched third place in the cinch Premiership after returning to the top flight, Hearts could not match the Light Blues over 120 minutes.

Gorgie boss Robbie Neilson was keen to accentuate the season as a whole.

He said: “Obviously we are disappointed. We are coming to a cup final and you want to win it.

“No matter how well you do or how the game is, not winning is a huge disappointment.

“So we have to take that on the chin and move forward and try to reflect back and see that it has actually been a very good season for us.

“We have come up from the Championship, we finished third, secured  group-stage football in Europe and got to a cup final, we just couldn’t take that final wee step.”

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in