Former Rangers star Neil McCann insists the Gers can’t think they’ve had a ‘great’ season after losing out on the Scottish Premiership title to Celtic – despite reaching the Europa League final.
Gio van Bronckhorst lifted the first trophy as Rangers boss yesterday when the Light Blues lifted the Scottish Cup for the first time since 2009.
However, for McCann, losing out on the title takes some of the shine away from the other successes Rangers have had this season, admitting there are “lessons there” for the Ibrox coaching staff to learn from this season.
“When you lose the league at Rangers, you can’t say it’s been a ‘great’ season. But Giovanni van Bronckhorst will look back and think he got a lot right,” McCann said [BBC].
“To win the Scottish Cup and be a kick of the ball away from winning the Europa League, too, means it’s been a positive campaign in a lot of respects.
“For Giovanni to get his first piece of silverware is important and what they did in Europe was astonishing, really. But the big disappointment will be the fact they’ve lost the league title having worked so hard to wrest it from Celtic’s grasp.
“The most frustrating part about that for the club is they were six points clear but gave away goals in games when they were in good positions and dropped vital points.
“You look at being 2-0 up at home to Motherwell and drawing 2-2, and also conceding late at Ross County to draw 3-3 – crucial moments where they did not manage the game in the dying embers.
“There are lessons there for the coaching team to reflect upon, but at least after Saturday’s victory they can do so with a bit of a smile on their faces.”
Rangers season hasn’t been ‘great’ but definitely one that will be remembered for a long time
While McCann is fair to say that it hasn’t been one of the ‘great’ seasons, it is one that will definitely be remembered for a long time – both for the ups and the downs.
Losing the league was a sickener for any Rangers fan but the incredible Europa League run is one that will live long in the memory.
It’ll probably take some time before we can properly sit down and look back at the season as a whole but less than 24 hours after the final whistle of the campaign blew, it’s definitely not one that is full of regret.
Meanwhile, here are some of the best pictures from yesterday’s Scottish Cup win at Hampden