Scotland boss Steve Clarke has lauded Rangers’ run to the Europa League final as a “big step forward” for Scottish football.
Clarke’s side face a World Cup playoff against Ukraine next week with the winner going on to face Wales in the final for a spot in Qatar, with former Rangers teammates Ryan Jack and Aaron Ramsey set to go head-to-head.
Despite losing out to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League final in Seville, Clarke reckons even getting that far was “fantastic.”
“I think Scottish football is in a good place,” Clarke said [Rangers Review].
“I think it is fantastic what Rangers did to get to a European final in this day and age when other countries have got really good teams, big budgets.
“No English teams in the Europa League, all but West Ham out in the semi-final but Rangers got to the final. It’s a big step forward.”
Clubs in Scotland set to reap the benefits of Rangers’ Euro performances
Rangers’ impressive results in Europe in recent years has helped Scotland secure additional qualification places in UEFA competitions – including an automatic group stage spot in the Champions League.
It’s also seen third-place in the Premiership guarantee group stage football in Europe through the Conference League, although Hearts could still make it to the Europa League groups.
Hopefully, the momentum built up by Rangers can be continued and Scottish clubs can continue to reap the rewards in years to come.