Former Rangers star Kenny Miller thinks Gio van Bronckhorst needs to start Aaron Ramsey in Wednesday’s Europa League final clash with Eintracht Frankfurt – insisting he was “born to play in this type of game.”
Ramsey started yesterday’s 3-1 win over Hearts at Tynecastle as Rangers brought the curtain down on the Scottish Premiership season, with van Bronckhorst fielding a much-changed starting XI and wrapping his presumed side in Seville in cotton wool.
Ramsey is one of three players that Miller identified as being “key” to the Light Blues winning the Europa League and think the Welshman’s experience at club level for Arsenal and Juventus, as well as his experience for Wales, means the occasion wont “faze” the Ibrox midfielder.
“I know Rambo and he was born to play in this type of game,” Miller said [Daily Record].
“He played for Arsenal for 11 years and got a move to Juventus. He has been his country’s talisman alongside Gareth Bale for a number of years. When Wales got to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 he was in the team of the tournament.
“He’s a big-game player who has played at the top level since he was a young boy. A Europa League Final isn’t going to faze him.
“He’s going to relish it. If he’s fit and everything’s equal, he has to be in Gio’s starting XI. There will be times in this game when Rangers are up against it.
“They will need players with a calm head who can get the team back into its rhythm by putting their foot on the ball.
“The likes of Ramsey, Jack and Kamara will be key in those moments. That’s why I would play him. He could be key to Gio’s team winning this.
“And my gut feeling is they’ll do it on Wednesday night.”
Ramsey unlikely to start but could still be vital for Rangers in Europa League final
While Ramsey seems unlikely to come into the starting XI on Wednesday night, the Rangers midfielder could still have a key role for the Light Blues.
Concerns over Ryan Jack’s fitness, as well as a lack of attacking options, mean van Bronckhorst is going to have to rely on his senior player to help carry Rangers over the finishing line.
Bringing Ramsey into the game late on and using all of his intelligence and experience might just be what Rangers need to see out a famous win in Seville.