Rangers legend Barry Ferguson can’t wait for April as the Gers face two Old Firm clashes and the Europa League quarter-finals to look forward to – and insists the current crop are in a better position to end the campaign successfully than his vintage were when they lost the 2008 UEFA Cup final and lost out on the league title on the final day.
Gio van Bronckhorst’s side face Braga in the Europa League last eight and Fergie thinks the depth of squad his former midfield partner has available is the key difference between this group and Walter Smith’s squad.
With the Light Blues becoming the first Scottish side to reach the last eight in a European competition since 2008, fans are starting to dream of an improbable treble of the league, Europa League and Scottish Cup.
For Ferguson, the ability to freshen things up in the Rangers side over the coming weeks means the Gers are in for an “awesome April” as the season charges toward its conclusion.
“I cannot wait for April. What a month it’s going to be,” Ferguson said [Daily Record].
“Two Old Firm games – potentially three, although I expect the SPFL to nudge the final game at Celtic Park back into May – and now two huge Europa League quarter-final ties. That’s what it’s all about and it’s brilliant for Scottish football too.
“I don’t buy the argument that competing on three fronts will make it harder for Rangers to reclaim their title.
“I know we fell short in similar circumstances back in 2008 but I think the difference is this team have a strong enough squad to compete.
“Back then, Walter had to go back to the same well time and time again, relying on the same small group of lads.
“Gio has a bigger pool of resources. Just look at the Red Star game and the guys who were on the bench – Kemar Roofe, Aaron Ramsey, Fashion Sakala, Scott Arfield. Steven Davis and Filip Helander were missing too but will be available again soon.
“All these guys are more than good enough to come back into domestic matches and get results if Gio wants to freshen up his line-up. It’s going to be an awesome April.”