Former Rangers star Kris Boyd has warned Gio van Bronckhorst’s side they need to pick themselves up for the Scottish Cup final – despite being “devastated after losing the Europa League final.
The Light Blues face Hearts at Hampden this afternoon looking to lift the famous trophy for the first time since 2009 and Boyd demanded the Ibrox stars are ready to go one last time this season.
With the Scottish Cup Rangers’ last chance at silverware, Boyd thinks people will ‘pick holes’ in the Gers’ campaign if they end it empty-handed.
“Rangers’ players will be low after Wednesday. Understandably. It was a great chance to win a European trophy but it wasn’t to be,” Boyd said [Scottish Sun].
“But it’s in the past. You can learn from what happened, but you can’t affect it.
“Rangers need to lift themselves. They now have a chance to win a domestic cup — and it’s overdue. You need to go back to 2011 for the last one, in the League Cup, and that’s too long.
“Some of the boys will be mentally and physically exhausted but they need to lift it one more time.
“It’s been an incredible journey for them this season — full of ups and downs.
“Losing the title was the low, getting to a European final an undoubted high, although it didn’t end the way they wanted.
“But if Rangers don’t finish it by winning the Scottish Cup, people will start to pick holes in their season.
“That incredible European run is the past. The present is the club’s need to win domestic trophies again.
“There will be devastated players but this is Rangers — you need to pick yourself up and move on.”
Hampden clash a chance for Rangers stars to go out on a high after Seville agony
With a number of Rangers stars likely to make their final appearance for the club today, the Scottish Cup final is a chance for them to go out on a high.
For others, it’s a chance to put the agony of Seville behind them and look ahead to the new campaign and the push for the title and a place in the Champions League.
However, the players can’t just go through the motions today as they bring the curtain down on a long season and any that do will find themselves on the way out quickly.