Rangers should take inspiration from “third-class team” jibe by former World Cup winner
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Rangers should take inspiration from “third-class team” jibe by former World Cup winner

Former Germany captain and World Cup winner Lothar Matthäus has branded Rangers a “third-class team” following the Ibrox sides sensational Europa League aggregate victory over Borussia Dortmund in the playoff round.

Matthäus wrote in his Sky Sports Germany column and has been critical of Borussia Dortmund over the previous few weeks and the result against Rangers was seemingly the straw that broke the camels back, with the German legend launching a scathing attack on the German side.

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To criticise Rangers is a step too far, especially considering we scored 6 goals over the two legs, and it wasn’t just a scrappy victory by the odd goal.

German footballing icon Lothar Matthäus blasts Rangers following Europa League triumph

Matthäus began his attack on Dortmund by explaining that they have failed in three cup competitions this season, before taking aim at Rangers.

“Now the next low point in the Europa League, the end against the third class team of Glasgow Rangers,” said Matthäus {SkySportsGermany].

“In Scotland by the way, Rangers are second behind Celtic.

“And they failed in the Conference League against Norwegians FK Bodo/Glimt, well then….”

These comments hardly scream respect for the Scottish Champions, especially turning up in Germany and defeating Dortmund in their back garden.

Maybe he should have done more research before writing his column, as there is a genuine title race happening in Scotland, unlike Germany.

The disrespect that the club receives out with Scotland for our European exploits is shocking and hopefully, this can prove to be the inspiration for the players and staff going forward as we aim to make the quarter-finals of the Europa League for the first time since 2008.

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I would love to see what Matthäus would write if we continued our incredible journey.

Meanwhile, Rangers Euro rivals Red Star Belgrade warmed up for next week’s Ibrox showdown with an emphatic league win.

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