Rangers’ Europa League rivals Eintracht Frankfurt have sent the club a classy message after they pipped the Gers on penalties in Seville.
Following a 1-1 draw in the baking heat of Spain, Frankfurt edged the penalty shoot-out 5-4 with Aaron Ramsey missing the decisive spot-kick for Rangers.
Taking to social media, Eintracht Frankfurt recognised the contribution of Rangers and their fans to the final before wishing them well in the Scottish Cup.
“Rangers, it was an honour for us,” reads the statement.
“You were a fantastic opponent with your countless fans.
“Together we showed how football should be. Emotional, passionate and fair.
“Greatness is revealed in defeat, especially in such dramatic fashion.
“Just like 62 years ago; you are a great club. See you soon. Bring home the cup this weekend. You earned it!”
Rangers then took the opportunity to respond on Twitter and branded Frankfurt a “historic” club with a “passionate support”.
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These comments are in particular contrast to those of Eintracht Frankfurt president Peter Fischer, who slaughtered Rangers fans for their showing in the final.
The president was speaking after the match and sarcastically branded the Rangers support the “super-louds” amid much hype following the club’s successful Euro run.
“We had respect for our opponents. It was a fixture worth a final. Two big, traditional clubs, both with big fanbases,” said Fischer [Daily Record].
“But what I have to say is that everybody from Glasgow told me “we won’t hear you, because we will be so loud and that we will make it a home game. They still said that today everywhere.
“Where have they been? Where in the world have they been? We couldn’t hear them and then they disappeared after the final whistle.
“This shows there is less sportsmanship and that’s what I criticise.
“Our fanbase helped us win the game, they were fantastic against the ‘super louds’.”
Someone ought to tell this guy about the difference in how both sets of supporters appear to have been treated.