Rangers caused a shock-waves all over Europe when they outclassed Porto in the Europa League on Thursday night but one man who is not surprised to see Steven Gerrard’s side pulling up trees is legendary Ibrox manager Dick Advocaat, speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT (8 November, 12.50pm).
Alfredo Morelos and Steven Davis were on target as the Gers secured arguably their most impressive European result since that 3-0 thrashing of Lyon 12 years ago in front of a raucous Ibrox crowd, sealing a deserved win against last season’s Champions League quarter-finalists Porto.
Rangers are now just one victory away from qualifying for the knockout rounds but they will have to go through Feyenoord first – the Dutch giants who appointed 72-year-old Advocaat as their new manager last week after Jaap Stam’s resignation.
The veteran Dutchman was in charge of Rangers between 1998 and 2001, winning five trophies, and he cannot wait to take on his former employers with one of the most experienced managers around set to pit his wits against the young whippersnapper in Gerrard.
“Great, great result (against Porto). I look forward to the game against Rangers because it’s something special for me. We will make it very difficult, but they have a good side, a good manager and they’re a great club,” said Advocaat.
“No I’m not surprised (by how well Gerrard is doing), the way he was as a football player you can see the way he is (with his competitive spirit).”
To put things into perspective, Rangers failed to qualify for the Europa League group stage altogether just two years ago when they were beaten over two-legs by Progres Niederkorn, famously the fourth-best team in Luxembourg at the time. The image of Pedro Caixinha standing knee-deep in shrubbery, pleading to supporters after one of the most humiliating defeats in Rangers’ history will remain in the memory for some time.
These days, Rangers are taking four points from a possible six off Porto.
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