Rangers manager Gio van Bronckhorst was left gutted last night after watching his side lose out to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on penalties but insisted he had no complaints about his players’ performance in Seville.
Aaron Ramsey’s spot-kick was saved by Frankfurt keeper Kevin Trapp after goals from Joe Aribo and Rafael Santos Borre in normal time saw the game end in a 1-1 draw.
With a Scottish Cup final this weekend, van Bronckhorst urged his players to put their agony behind them and focus on ending the season on a high at Hampden before starting all over again ahead of the new campaign.
“Of course, it is a big disappointment,” the Dutchman said.
“When you lose a European final it will hurt because you have done everything to win. In the end with penalties it is a lottery and tonight we were not on the good side. But I can’t complain about what my players gave me today and throughout this run.
“It was a really tight game that went all the way and were so close to a trophy. That’s football and big finals, you have memories that last forever when you win them. When you lose it will hurt a lot. I lost the World Cup, that was a huge disappointment but you must move on. We have a big game on Saturday and next season we must start all over again.
“We gave everything, it was a very close game. We started well but also in these matches you must be comfortable on the ball and with our possession play at times we opted for easy balls instead of breaking lines.
“The chances were there and the effort was there.”
Rangers boss praises Aaron Ramsey for taking Europa League final penalty responsibility
Despite seeing his penalty saved, Aaron Ramsey earned praise from the Rangers boss for stepping up to take one during the Europa League final shootout.
The Welshman was a late substitute as Rangers chased a winner and his tame effort was comfortably saved by Trapp to leave Ramsey the villain.
Van Bronckhorst confessed the players were ‘very down’ in the dressing-room after the game as he praised Ramsey.
“It’s very down, you can see that after the game,” Gio added.
“It’s not nice to lose so everyone is hurt and disappointed. That is normal so soon after a game. Aaron Ramsey is of course disappointment but he took responsibility and you can make it or miss it, unfortunately, he missed but you want players taking penalties who are comfortable doing so.”
Read our match report as Rangers suffered the agony of losing the Europa League on penalties