Former Ibrox captain Barry Ferguson might be a Rangers legend, but the ex-Scotland midfielder is miles off target with a claim regarding the Europa League.
Baz – who recently said he wants to return to Rangers in a coaching capacity following his resignation from Alloa Athletic – claims he’d rather win the title than the Europa League.
Speaking as part of his regular slot on GO Radio’s Football Show, the often outspoken pundit was talking with Rangers on the verge of the Europa League quarters and the title race bottlenecking.
As things stand, Celtic remain three points in front but when quizzed regarding whether he’d rather win the Europa League or the title, Barry Ferguson chose the latter.
“I’m saying I would rather win the league. I am the league, 100%,” said Ferguson.
“It would be great to win the Europa League but you have got to win the league title.”
Now it’s a game of opinions and Barry is more than entitled to his, but for us, and plenty more supporters, this is quite simply not the case.
Of course, Rangers and their fans will want to win both – and the Scottish Cup for good measure – but this season winning the Europa League is an achievement much grander than the Premiership.
Had the question been posed last season – with Celtic going for 10IAR and Rangers yet to win a Premiership title since scaling the divisions – then it’s likely plenty would be agreeing with him.
But the opportunity to win European silverware comes around once in a blue moon and the prestige attached to this is monumental.
Barry Ferguson is wrong – Rangers winning Europa League is bigger than Premiership
Rangers have 55 league championships – and will add to them in the years to come – but regular appearances in European finals is something of a pipe dream.
The Gers already have the Cup Winners’ Cup in their European cabinet – won in the club’s 100th anniversary year – and to add the Europa in their 150th would be extra special.
Of course, Rangers are a long way from that point, but we’re talking hypothetically here.
A Scottish side winning the Europa League is a bigger achievement than the Premiership and the suggestion otherwise is ludicrous.
Barry himself knows how difficult it is for Scottish sides to compete in Europe and was captain of the side that reached the 2008 UEFA Cup Final with Rangers in Manchester.
The Ibrox side fell at the final hurdle that time around but with Rangers’ success in this campaign built different there are hopes building that the club can go all the way this season.
Here’s how we fancy Rangers to line up against Red Star Belgrade as they vie for a place in the Europa League quarter finals.